The question: “How soon can I start exercising again?” is frequently asked by cosmetic surgery patients in Annandale. Many patients worry about disruptions to their active lifestyles and current workout programs. Although you may want to get back in the gym as soon as possible following your cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s extremely important to give your body enough time to properly heal.
Here are some simple tips about exercising after cosmetic surgery:
Follow Post-Surgery Instructions – The amount of physical activity your body can manage during your cosmetic surgery recovery will depend on many factors such as the level of invasiveness of the procedure you had and your body’s internal healing process. As such, it’s very important to follow all post-surgery instructions provided by Dr. Nickodem. This includes going to all scheduled follow-up appointments which allows Dr. Nickodem to assess the healing process.
Start Off Slowly – While specific instructions regarding activity will differ depending on the surgery performed, it is generally advised to start slow when returning to an exercise program. Often, patients should expect a timeframe of six to eight weeks before they are able to return to their pre-procedure workout activities.
Don’t Overdo It – Doing overly vigorous or strenuous exercises too soon following a surgical procedure can be detrimental to the body’s healing process. Working out too hard and too soon can result in unnecessary bruising, swelling, fluid buildup, wound separation and possibly infection. Patients who improperly exercise also risk negatively distorting the final result of their procedure. A common example of this is women who exercise the chest too soon following breast augmentation. This can cause implants to become displaced, especially if the implant was placed beneath the muscle.
Exercising After Cosmetic Surgery Part Two to be continued.