Exercise After Surgery

How and When to Exercise Safely after Surgery?


You’ve undergone cosmetic or reconstructive surgery and now you want to get back to your workout routines. Nevertheless, you need to put your health first and be sure your body is ready to exercise. Here is some valuable advice on how and when it’s safe to exercise after plastic surgery.

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Breast Surgery

Whether you had your breast augmented, reduced or lifted, your primary concern should be the pectoral muscles or pecs. These muscles connect the front of your chest with your upper arm and shoulder bones and most breast implants are placed underneath them. They should be given enough time to heal, so you shouldn’t apply any unnecessary stress on them. You shouldn’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds and you shouldn’t push or pull anything heavier than a handbag. This also means you shouldn’t do any upper body exercise for at least four weeks after the surgery.

Avoid lifting weights and don’t do any push-ups or pull-ups. You shouldn’t play tennis either, since swinging a racquet can hurt your pecs. What you can do during these first four weeks is lower body exercise, such as leg exercises. These include squats, cycling and walking, but without any bouncing movements, like jumping or running. After the initial four weeks, you can start with moderate stretching and up to 25% of your regular exercise. You should gradually advance towards 100% of your normal routine, which you should be able to do after eight weeks.

Facial Rejuvenation

Underneath your face, eyebrow or eyelid skin, there are hundreds of little blood vessels, which will be affected by your surgery and remain very sensitive and fragile.

Therefore, it’s essential that you restrain yourself from doing any type of exercise that will increase your heart rate, since you may end up damaging these delicate vessels. This can endanger the results of your surgery or even cause a hematoma. So, start with light cardio exercises no sooner than four weeks after the surgery, and then wait two more weeks before moving on to more demanding routines. If you’ve undergone rhinoplasty, you can start with slow walks after the surgery, but your breathing has to remain slow and steady and you should monitor your blood pressure to avoid nosebleeds.

Tummy Tuck

This surgery involves muscle repair, so the initial recovery period lasts at least four weeks, during which you shouldn’t do even the lightest cardio. After this period, you may start with some easy exercises, and slowly advance to a more vigorous practice routine over the span of another four weeks. This will allow the muscles to heal. After at least eight weeks, you can try doing sit-ups or crunches, but if you feel any discomfort, you should delay these exercises for another two weeks or so. It’s also important to wear a compression garment during these first ten weeks, to decrease swelling and allow your skin to retract properly.


During the first two weeks after liposuction, you will have to wait for your body to heal and your energy levels to return to regular. This means that you can only do some light cardio, such as taking a short, slow walk or cycle slowly on a stationary bike, at the beginning of the third week.

Your heart rate and blood pressure should remain normal, not elevated. It will take another two weeks before you can start running or weight lifting moderately. Throughout the first four weeks you will have to wear a compression garment all the time, including the time you spend working out. If this is too long for you to wait, maybe you should opt for body sculpting. This procedure allows you to remove fat from specific areas of your body, it’s done with minimum discomfort and the recovery period is slightly shorter than after a liposuction.

As anxious as you are to return to your workout regime, don’t push your body too hard. Listen to it, it will tell you when it’s ready to exercise. And if you’re still not sure what to do and when stay on the safe side and consult your doctor.

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