Liposuction is a leading plastic surgery procedure because it can achieve outstanding results that are visible right away. The procedure is not intended for weight loss but for cosmetic improvements, which can be remarkable as well as long lasting when followed up with healthy lifestyle habits. Many of the patients who see us for liposuction already live active lifestyles. Their primary reason for seeking cosmetic surgery is that, even with diet and exercise, they have areas of persistent fat they’d like to eliminate. For the best results, liposuction should be followed up with consistent exercise. The questions we’ll answer here are “when” and “how much?”
Resuming Exercise after Liposuction
One of the advantages of liposuction is that patients recover relatively quickly. To facilitate optimal recovery, though, it is imperative that the body be the one-and-only guide that dictates how quickly one gets back to their normal routine. Generally, we see liposuction patients returning to work within about a week. This applies only to jobs that are not physically demanding. If you are a bank-teller, you may be ready for work after a week. If you are a personal trainer, your surgeon will most likely advise at least two weeks off. When exercise does resume, it is usually at 25 percent of the normal capacity. From there, it may increase as tolerated by the body.
Resuming Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise like running, biking, and dancing is valuable for a strong heart and vital metabolism. It is an important part of a well-rounded fitness program aimed at maintaining a healthy weight. Patients who seek liposuction are often anxious to get back to their cardio routine. However, it is crucial to wait until the body is ready. For a week to ten days, walking or casually riding a bicycle may be the most beneficial exercises that one can do. These enable blood to circulate through the body but do not increase heart rate so much that swelling and bruising increase.
Resistance training is another important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, and a great complement to cardio exercise, because it helps maintain or build muscle. Muscle tissue is also fat-burning tissue, so strength training is immensely advantageous for maintaining liposuction results. As beneficial as it is, though, strength training must be resumed slowly and incrementally as the body can tolerate it. Working to the point of pain is unnecessary and may also be a hazard to the recovery process.
Exercise is essential to long-term advantages after liposuction surgery, but should not resume until about two weeks after this procedure and only as tolerated by the body. If you are ready to learn more about how liposuction can help you love your body even more, call 509-747-5773 and schedule an appointment at our Spokane office.