Listen to Your Body – One of the most important things patients can do while exercising after plastic surgery is to listen to their body and immediately cease any activity that causes discomfort or pain. Do not become frustrated when you become physically exhausted performing an activity that was easy before your procedure. It will get easier for you again when you are fully recovered. Patients should focus on slowly improving their endurance and energy levels, rather than jumping right into pre-procedure activity.
Wear Supportive Garments – Patients who are advised by their surgeon to wear supportive garments during exercising should do so. For example, women should wear a good supportive bra after any surgical breast procedure. Body contouring patients (such as liposuction) may also be recommended to wear specialized compression garments while being active.
Extra Rest Days – Rest is an important part of any exercise regimen. However, it’s even more important to give the body plenty of rest in-between workouts following a surgical procedure. Patients should schedule more off-days between workout days than they did before surgery. As the body heals and endurance returns, patients will find that they will be able to trim down rest days to their pre-surgery level.
No matter what type of cosmetic surgery you choose, recovery is as important as the surgery itself. It is vital that you follow the specific post-surgery instructions from Dr. Nickodem because they are familiar with your body and will be monitoring your healing process to ensure the safest result.
If you have questions or would like more information about exercising after cosmetic surgery, contact Anne Nickodem, M.D., at phone or website to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nickodem in Annandale.