Guest Post: Safe Exercising After Plastic Surgery

Healthy lifestyle that’s consisted of wholesome nutrition and regular physical exercise, is taking the world by storm. However, some body and health issues, such as overly large breasts, cannot be corrected with healthy practices alone. A surgical procedure is then the most sensible solution.

In the post-operative period, people are usually anxious to return quickly to their normal exercise routine; which may interfere with the results and cause complications. This is why it’s wise to follow doctor’s instructions concerning the prescribed physical exertion in the recovery period.

For example, basic guidelines after any surgery involve minimal activity in the first 48 hours, and a low-cardio routine in the next few weeks, such as walking or super slow mode on the stationary bike or treadmill. Now let’s see how the workout plan differs for specific surgical procedures to help stay safe exercising after plastic surgery.

Breast Augmentation

We shall tackle the breast augmentation first, since this is one of the most common procedures for women all around the world. The biggest concern of the patients who have undergone this surgery should be the exertion of their pectoral muscles. Considering that a lot of surgical methods for breast enlargement include the positioning of the implant right beneath the muscle group named pectoralis major, this area has to be inactive for a while to let the scar tissue heal properly.

No weight-lifting or carrying anything above 10lb and no strenuous pushing or pulling is allowed in the 4-week period after the surgery. Instead, focus more on the lower body workout (leg presses, squats, lunges, etc.) and light to moderate cardio that doesn’t include bouncing movements.


When it comes to the workout plan recommended in the 15-day time span after the liposuction procedure; the set of advice is identical to the general post-surgery tips we mentioned in the introduction.

Some low-intensity cardio is allowed in the third week, like stationary cycling and walking. The four-week period following the surgery involves wearing a compression suit all the time, especially during workouts. This type of garment is supposed to guide skin’s retraction and minimise the swelling.

Finally, the level of activity allowed is dependent on the scope of liposuction surgery and the number of treated areas. The patients are expected to experience some degree of swelling after exercise sessions up to six months after the liposuction procedure, which is an expected reaction.


The procedure widely known as tummy tuck is, unlike liposuction, more of a lifting and resculpting nature. For starters, the recovery period lasts longer than that of a mere liposuction. The abdominoplasty includes the repair of the muscle tissue, and therefore requires a longer healing period prior to engaging in any stressful type of exercise.

Unfortunately, a great deal of workout plans include core training exercises and these activate the rectus abdominis muscle (also known as abs). This is the reason why doctors instruct their patients to abstain from light exercises for four weeks minimum. The period after that should be characterised by the unhurried increase of the intensity for the optimal healing results. Lastly, patients should wear their compression garment for at least 6 weeks after their abdominoplasty.

Facial Rejuvenation

I’ve recently visited a renowned cosmetic surgeon in the Perth area a close friend has recommended to me, to hear about some of the rejuvenating procedures they perform, such as facelift and eyelid and brow rejuvenation. I was also interested to hear about the post-surgical requirements concerned with physical activity.

I found out that any type of intense workout is prohibited for at least 4 weeks; to avoid breakage of delicate blood vessels or any further complications. In short, patients have to wait for full 6 weeks to return to a moderate routine.

To see a successful completion of our surgical procedure, we have to adhere to some prescribed exercise-related rules. This article summarises what we may expect from different treatments and cosmetic surgeries.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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