How Walking Helps with Cosmetic Surgery Recovery

A woman's walking shoesA successful surgery is nothing without a good recovery. That’s why Dr. Mark A. Deuber puts great focus on what happens after a surgical procedure. If you’re undergoing a particularly involve treatment such as body contouring after major weight loss, there are many wellness concerns to keep in mind during the crucial first days of recovery.

While rest is important while healing, a little bit of walking each day can make all the difference. The team at our Dallas, TX plastic surgery center would like to discuss the importance of walking after cosmetic surgery and how it can help you avoid serious post-surgical complications.

Blood Clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a common danger after a person undergoes a surgical procedure. The condition refers to a blood clot forming in one of the deep veins of the body due to a lack of activity and poor blood flow. Usually the clot forms in the legs.

If deep vein thrombosis is not treated in a timely manner, the clot can travel to the lungs. This is known as a pulmonary embolism, and it is potentially fatal.

Walking Helps with Circulation

Every day after surgery, patients are encouraged to walk just a little bit around their home. At first, this may be as simple as walking from your bed to the bathroom and back. Day by day, you can increase the amount of walking you do to help promote circulation.

This is where having a loved one with you is so crucial. They can help you get up from bed and walk around. Having someone with you avoids the possibility of a fall, and offers both practical and moral support when you need it.

How Much Should I Walk Each Day?

In the first days after surgery, try to walk for a minute or two every couple of hours. It’s important to keep the blood flow going. As the days go by, try to add a minute to how much you’re walking to see how you feel. Don’t overexert yourself, but do try to walk a bit more than you did the day before.

Walking Helps Ease You Back Into Regular Physical Activity

Even though physical activity will be restricted after surgery, walking helps you gradually return to normal movement and exercise routines. As we noted above, patients will be encouraged to walk a bit more each day. As you’re recovering, you’ll notice the strength return to your body. That’s a great part of the recovery process, and a sign that things are going well.

When Can I Return to Normal Exercise?

This will vary from patient to patient. Most cosmetic surgery patients can return to light exercise by the end of a month, and full exercise routines by six to eight weeks. That timeframe may be shorter or longer depending on the procedure performed and your recovery progress.

During your follow-up visits at our practice, we can assess your recovery and let you know what activities you can do and what activities are still off limits. Be patient with yourself as your body heals, and put your focus on recovery and wellness.

Learn More About Healing from Plastic Surgery

For more information one the importance of walking in the recovery process, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. We can go over various things you can do to improve healing quickly and free from problems.


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