Regular physical activity is essential to long-term health and optimal fitness, and it is good news that more and more people around the world are taking up some form of exercise. Just like any other activity, exercising can become a hobby or a passion, which is why it can be difficult to slow down with workouts when health issues arise. Still, however fond of working out you may be, if you undergo some kind of plastic surgery, you have to be patient before continuing your training once the recovery period is over.

Exercising after Facial Surgery

One might think that a facial rejuvenation surgery isn’t a serious obstacle to regular exercising, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. All facial surgery procedures (face, eye, and brow lifts included) require a certain period of recovery. According to John Williams, MD, a plastic surgery specialist, the patient needs to rest and relax for at least four weeks after facial surgery before returning to their regular workout routine. There are hundreds of tiny blood vessels in the facial area which need to regenerate properly before you can resume training in order to prevent bleeding, wound opening, and other, even more dangerous, health and cosmetic issues. Light physical activity such as walking and non-exerting cycling is recommended in the first four weeks after a facial surgery procedure, but nothing more than that. Once the recovery period is over, the patient can spend the next two weeks gradually returning to the regular exercise regime, and finally pick up the training where they left it off without worry after six weeks post-surgery.

Exercising after Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery is a very serious procedure that takes time for muscles to heal. Most, if not all, exercises require good core support, which is impossible for a recovering patient. Complete rest is necessary in the first four weeks after the procedure, and light walking around the room or the neighborhood are the only possible exercise in this period. It might sound pretty radical, but tummy tuck patients soon realize how difficult it is to even get out of bed when your core muscles are aching. After the first four weeks of recovery, you can try to incorporate light cardio exercises in your daily agenda over the course of the next four weeks. Complete recovery and full return to regular physical activity is possible only after 8-10 weeks post-surgery. Patients will also need to wear a compression garment in the recovery period for their own safety’s sake. Mild swelling in the wound area can appear after even slight physical activity, which is why it is of utmost importance for the patient to avoid more demanding exercises which can compromise their health and surgery results .

Exercising after Breast Surgery

According to Dr. Rizk and other breast surgery professionals from Sydney, surgeries targeting the breasts are the most popular type of cosmetic surgery nowadays. Many patients opt for breast augmentation, reduction, or lift, which is why the rules about exercising have to be especially stressed. In the first four weeks after surgery, the patient shouldn’t engage in any kind of physically challenging exercise. Any use of breast muscles is strongly forbidden. This means that breast surgery patients aren’t allowed to lift objects that weight over 5 kg, and any type of resistance training is out of the question. Still, you can engage in exercises that target the lower body, such as lunges and squats. Arm and upper body workouts put a lot of strain on chest muscles and the wound tissue and should therefore be avoided. Also, walking and slow-paced cycling can be included in a light cardio workout, but movements such as running and jumping aren’t allowed. Four weeks after the surgery, the patient should consult the doctor and review the progress of the recovery in order to get the necessary feedback on how and when to advance their workout routine.

Surgery never goes easy on the body, and even if you’re perfectly healthy, you still have to treat your physique with due care during the recovery period after a cosmetic surgery procedure. If you follow your surgeon’s orders, you’ll soon be able to continue your normal daily life, but if you ignore your doctor’s advice, you’ll be  at risk of jeopardizing your health and prolonging down time.

- Diana Smith

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