Best Exercises to Perform After Cosmetic Surgery

Recovering from surgery, no matter the type can feel like a long process. However, one way that you can actually help your recovery in the long term is to be active. Exercising is an important part of recovery, so long as you time it correctly and do not put your body under an undue stress before it is ready (particularly if the surgery was particularly extensive).

So, here are some things to keep in mind as someone considering or undergoing cosmetic surgery and how this will affect your exercise routine afterwards:

First Few Days

No patient should be physically active for the first 48 hours following their surgery.

First Few Weeks

Physical activity following any type of surgery needs to gradually increase over a certain period of time. As energy levels return, so too should your level of activities. It depends on the patient but there may be a period of between 1 and 2 weeks before full energy levels are returned to normal. If you are particularly anxious to return to exercise following cosmetic surgery, then light strolls in the first week are probably the best option to reduce stress on your still healing body.

Once your previous energy level fully returns, then you can enter a more specific fitness regime following the various types of surgery you may have undergone.

After Breast Lift

A mastopexy is one of the cosmetic surgeries that makes it important for patients to get back to a certain level of activity following the surgery. However, it is vital to have the necessary time to heal. Running, in particular, should be avoided to avoid undue stress to the breast area.

A good exercise that won’t harm the impact of your breast surgery includes many lower body exercises. Squats, lunges and leg presses, in particular, are needed. Some light cardio using a stationary bike or elliptical machine may also be acceptable the more weeks you put in between you and your surgery.

Any type of exercise that involves a bouncing type motion should be avoided, as well as any strain on the upper body. This should be upheld until at least four weeks after your surgery.

After Liposuction

The first two weeks following surgeries should always be taken easily. By the third week, liposuction will be instructed to begin light cardio such as walking or stationary bicycles. Compression garments are required day and night to help minimize swelling and to try to prevent skin retraction, which should also be worn during exercise to prevent any issues during movement. After two weeks of light workouts, the patient can then continue more demanding exercises.

After this, it depends on how much liposuction you had that dictates your four-week exercise regime. If swelling occurs following exercise, then it is a sign that you have gone one step too far, too soon. Don’t worry though, this does not jeopardize the results, only causes minor discomfort until the swelling goes down once again.


Of course, there are many different types of cosmetic surgeries which may be affected by exercise after the fact. However, for most, you will simply have to fall slowly back into a routine of light exercise and then up the intensity once you know that healing is occurring.

If you feel you are having problems or swelling becomes too pronounced, even months later, then it is vital that you consult a medical professional to ensure there are no complications.

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