Jan 31 2017

Exercise Timeline after Plastic Surgery

A woman stretchingMost people put a lot of effort into maintaining their figure. However, aging, life events, and environmental factors make it difficult to keep up the ideal appearance, despite these efforts. That is why so many men and women turn to plastic surgery when their personal efforts prove ineffective in achieving their cosmetic goals.

Body contouring treatments trim away excess fat and tissue to sculpt the body, while facial plastic surgery procedures smooth and lift loose, wrinkled skin. The results of plastic surgery are dramatic and long-lasting, but it is still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle - one that includes exercise. Dr. Michael Rosen is happy to discuss guidelines for an exercise timeline after plastic surgery that will allow our Toms River, NJ patients to enjoy the benefits of physical activity without compromising the body’s healing process.

How Soon Can I Exercise after Plastic Surgery?

Exercise is an important tool for people who are looking to maintain good physical health and a slim, toned figure. Many people do not realize that exercise can also play an important part in the healing process after plastic surgery.

When the body is active, blood circulation increases. Blood circulation enhances the recovery process because it allows the blood to carry important vitamins and nutrients to the surgical and incision site. Because of the benefits of exercise, patients should be active throughout the healing process of any plastic surgery procedure.

However, too much activity too soon can place strain on the body and interfere with healing. To enjoy the advantages of exercise without compromising healing, patients should adhere to the following exercise timeline after plastic surgery:

  • Week one of recovery: During the first week of recovery, exercise should be short, frequent, and low-impact. Patients will be tired during this timeframe and the body will be experiencing side effects of surgery, so the best exercise advice for this first phase of recovery is to take short, slow walks throughout the day. Patients should never push themselves beyond their limits.
  • Week two of recovery: Many patients begin to feel more energetic during their second week of recovery. Strenuous exercises should still be avoided at this time. However, patients are free to extend the length of their walks if they are feeling up to it, and may even introduce other light activities like stretching. Again, it is important to listen to the body’s cues and avoid pushing things too far.
  • Weeks three to four of recovery: With doctor’s approval, most patients can resume some exercise between weeks three and four of plastic surgery recovery. This may include light aerobics and some light lifting. As a precaution, patients should still avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities. Depending on what area of the body was treated, Dr. Rosen may recommend avoiding certain exercises.
  • Four to six weeks after surgery: At the fourth week of recovery, most patients have healed enough that more moderate exercises can be introduced. To be safe, it is best to continue avoiding strenuous activities until Dr. Rosen has given his final approval, which is usually around six weeks after treatment.

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If you have more questions about exercise after plastic surgery, or are simply interested in learning more about the cosmetic services offered at Dr. Michael Rosen’s practice, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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