Exercise After Plastic Surgery: Why It’s Important and What You Should Do

Women exercising togetherUndergoing plastic surgery can help you look trimmer, fitter, and years younger. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark A. Deuber has helped so many patients achieve the looks they’ve always wanted thanks to his eye for symmetry and natural results. Expertise like this is essential for looking your best.

While plastic surgery yields great outcomes, it’s important for patients to do their part in making these results last as long as possible. That means wearing sunblock, eating right, and exercising regularly. Let’s focus on the benefits of exercising after plastic surgery.

Exercise Helps Maintain Results in the Long Run

The most important aspect of exercise after plastic surgery is that it can help maintain the results of your plastic surgery procedure. That means you help keep unwanted fat off, allowing you to look slim and trim, which is crucial for body contouring procedures. In general, exercise helps you de-stress and stay in good overall health, which can leave you looking younger and more refreshed.

Walking in the First Few Weeks After Surgery

Exercise winds up being important as soon as you recover from plastic surgery. You won’t be able to hit the gym like you used to until you’ve fully healed, but you can walk around just a little bit each day. Walking will promote circulation, which helps with the healing process and prevents blood clots from forming in your legs.

Walk just a few minutes a few times a day in the early phase of healing. As you progress through the recovery process, you’ll be able to increase the amount of time you can walk. Think of walking as a way to return to normal physical activity, easing yourself into an exercise routine when you’re well again.

Resuming Exercise After Surgical Recovery

Many of our patients were already active prior to undergoing plastic surgery. The recovery process is a break in their normal fitness routine. As you heal, you’ll be able to gradually resume normal exercise.

In a previous blog post, we detailed the week-to-week exercise timeline after getting plastic surgery. We encourage you to read that post to get an idea of what you can and can’t do after a procedure. Keep in mind that it will vary from patient to patient based on the surgery performed, so follow your individual post-op instructions closely.

Tips on Finding a Sports Bra

Support is essential for women who are active, which is why it’s important to find a sports bra that fits. If you’ve undergone breast augmentation surgery or any other breast enhancement procedure, be sure to find a sports bra that is supportive but doesn’t compress the breasts too much. Try on a few different sports bras until you find one that provides the best fit.

Is Cardio or Strength Training Better?

Neither is technically better than the other.

Your ideal fitness routine will vary based on what you need. For some patients, a focus on strength training may be more ideal, while other patients may prefer the benefits of cardio. In general, you’ll want to find a mix of both strength training and cardio that feels right. Most importantly, find a fitness routine you can keep up consistently. You’ll be able to prolong the benefits of plastic surgery and experience so many general health benefits as well.

Speak with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

If you want to learn more about maintaining the results and benefits of plastic surgery for years after surgery, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Our team is here to help you.


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