While some cosmetic procedures, like microdermabrasion and rhinoplasty, are a one-and-done kind of thing, others require a little more work on your end to maintain your results. Maintaining your post-surgery body requires eating right, exercising, and living a healthy lifestyle. Here are our top tips on how to do just that after plastic surgery:
Tip #1: Ease Back Into Any Intense Exercise
Whether you are an active gym-goer or not, vigorous exercise too soon after surgery can cause inflammation, swelling, infection, and re-opening of wounds.
You may be thinking, “Too soon? That’s a little vague.” But that’s because it’s dependent upon what kind of procedure you’ve had. After your operation, we will give you specific directions regarding how soon you can engage in strenuous physical activity.
Tip #2: Don’t Stick to Bed All Day
While we do recommend you take it easy after invasive surgeries, you should make a point of getting up and moving around a bit each day. Pretty much, just don’t stay in bed all day. It doesn’t have to be anything strenuous. You could simply get up at least three times a day and walk for five minutes, even if that’s just around your house.
Tip #3: Stay Consistent with Light Physical Activity
Once you’re feeling up to it, you can try some light physical activity. Short walks around the neighborhood will help you to stay active without overexerting yourself.
But again, we recommend you discuss these daily habits with us after surgery.
Tip #4: Establish a Manageable Exercise Routine
After you’ve been cleared to exercise, try to do so at least three days a week. Exercise is an integral part of the healing and maintenance processes post-surgery, especially if you didn’t do much exercising prior to surgery.
If that’s the case and you’re not a big fan of exercise, try to make it fun! There is a myriad of exercise classes offered these days so find something you enjoy and stick with it.
Tip #5: Embrace Cardio
While lifting weights is a great exercise for toning muscles, you burn more calories when you do aerobic exercise. Running, swimming, and biking are excellent ways to maintain your weight and body post-surgery.
Tip #6: Don’t Get Discouraged!
Maintaining your post-surgery results may require some new habits, but don’t get discouraged. Try to make the most of your fresh start by creating a workout plan that is enjoyable for you and that you can maintain long term.
Once your exercise restrictions are lifted, you can exercise to maintain your shape.
Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have whether that be on post-operational maintenance or any other aspect of the process. We’d be happy to help.