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Your Guide to Exercise After Plastic Surgery

Running after plastic surgery? Advice for our Albany patients looking to return to exercise after a procedure.

We are right in the middle of winter, and that means you are probably in the throes of your post-holiday diet and exercise efforts. Good for you! As a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation, facelift, and liposuction in Albany, I know that many people who are interested in cosmetic enhancement work very hard to take care of their figures.

I have seen a trend at my practice of men and women coming in for a procedure who are already in great shape. So, it’s not surprising that one of the most common questions they ask during the consultation is whether liposuction, facelift, and other popular plastic surgery procedures will force them to put their healthy habits on hold.

Here’s a quick rundown of how a few of the most popular plastic surgery procedures could impact your workout routine:

  • Liposuction: Just like with running or weight training, you will recover at your own pace after liposuction. In the first few days after your procedure, you will likely experience some discomfort near the incisions as well as temporary numbness. A compression garment will help the treated areas to properly heal. Over these few weeks, your plastic surgeon will monitor your recuperation process and will help you decide if you’re ready to resume normal workout activities. If you don’t wish to have downtime, you may want to consider a non-surgical liposuction alternative such as CoolSculpting®, which requires little to no downtime. Keep in mind that even though fat reduction from liposuction or CoolSculpting is permanent, you will still need to watch what you eat and stay active in order to maintain your results.
  • Facelift: You may have noticed that you look and feel younger when you exercise often, drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet. However, we all reach a point when nothing seems to help take the years off. Lost volume causes our skin to sag and accentuates wrinkles. Facelift surgery removes excess skin and fat and rejuvenates the appearance. After a facelift, it is important to avoid all strenuous activity, including exercise and heavy housework, usually for a few weeks or more until you get the green light from your plastic surgeon. This will not only promote the recovery process, but it will also protect your results.
  • Breast Augmentation: It is common for women to hesitate due to concerns about working out with breast implants. Indeed, our Albany, NY patients ask about it all the time. Strenuous exercise is typically not recommend for the first 2 weeks, but this timeframe varies for everyone. Once you feel up for it, you will be able to go for walks and do other light activities. You will be able to run again soon, but lower-impact options such as an elliptical workout or Spin® class might be best at first! As with most other procedures, your board-certified plastic surgeon will help you to decide when the time is right.

The bottom line is that healthy bodies heal better and faster. So if you like to exercise already, you are on the right track. Don’t forget that through February, we are offering a free aromatherapy massage with breast augmentation or tummy tuck ($120 value). Massage therapy is a great addition to an already healthy lifestyle.

One Response to Your Guide to Exercise After Plastic Surgery

  1. Troy Jefferson says:

    I didn’t know that exercise should be limited after getting a facelift. I figured for other types of plastic surgery that it may be necessary to hold off on working out, but with a facelift that wasn’t something I considered. I’m sure that taking some time off from the gym wouldn’t be too big of a sacrifice in order to protect that kind of investment.

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