Plastic Surgeons in Honolulu Explain When It Is Safe to Resume Working out after Surgery Randy Wong, MD on 01 Mar 2018
Those who visit plastic surgeons in Honolulu want to look their best. This being the case, many patients work out regularly and are used to exercise being a regular part of their life. Many visitors to Honolulu Plastic Surgery wonder when it is safe for them to start exercising again, so we have decided to address the timeline for beginning to exercise for our most common procedures..
After undergoing plastic surgery in Honolulu that involves breast implants, it’s important to be careful with your chest muscles. Normally, within the first month following the procedure, it’s safe to exercise the lower body and even take part in mild cardio workouts that don’t involve moving the arms. Stationary bikes are ideal for this form of exercise. Consult with your doctor after four weeks to see if you are ready to start light arm workouts.
An abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, requires a longer recovery period since most exercise routines use the core muscles in some way. There’s a good chance it could take at least four weeks before you can begin exercising, and at that time only begin light cardio after consulting with your doctor.
The recovery period of liposuction can also last a long time since it too, involves the core area, but patients can typically start very light cardio workouts after about three weeks. After five or six weeks, mild running and even some weights may be safe, but only at about half the level of intensity patients did prior to surgery.
On the surface, facial rejuvenation procedures seem like they would have a short recovery time required before working out, however it’s recommended to wait at least a month to begin exercising. Working out raises blood pressure which could cause blood vessels to bleed and a hematoma to develop. After a month you should only begin light cardio. Similarly, exercise could lead to nosebleeds following a rhinoplasty and jeopardize your results
Most importantly, discuss your exercise plan with your surgeon before beginning any sort of workout following a cosmetic procedure. While the timelines listed above are guidelines, your individual recovery could be different and you will want to be sure to have tailored advice to maintain the results of your procedure.
For more information on when to begin working out after a tummy tuck, liposuction, or breast augmentation in Honolulu, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Wong, a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the people at Honolulu Plastic Surgery. Our friendly staff will happily answer any questions or schedule a consultation. Call (808) 725-2114 today.