Keeping Fit Post-Surgery After A Liposuction, Tummy Tuck Or Breast Augmentation
Exercise may be an important component of the healing process after having undergone surgery, but just how ready is your body for fitness?
We all know that regular exercise is important in maintaining our physical and mental health. However, those who just underwent plastic surgery may want to refrain from hitting the gym too soon, especially immediately after your procedure.
As an increase in blood pressure may result in inflammation and swelling at the surgery site as well as an increased risk of bleeding, exercise, an activity that raises blood pressure, is discouraged. “In fact, in addition to increasing risk of bleeding and swelling, any moderate to intense activities can cause the healing incisions to re-open, which can worsen any post-operative scarring and making the patient more susceptible to infection,” said Dr Darren Ng, Specialist in Plastic Surgery & Consultant, Raffles Surgery Centre. “It is recommended that patients avoid any intensive activity for at least six to eight weeks.”
However, that does not mean that you should be confined to your bed during this period. You can still enjoy the benefits of exercise without compromising your health by doing some light activities. Ms Tan Yen Fang, Physiotherapist, Raffles Rehabilitation Centre, suggests gradually returning to your exercise as tolerated. “It would be even better if patients start building up or maintaining their fitness before their operation, as this allows them a quicker return to their daily routine.”
Tips to ease you into your usual exercise regime
Had liposuction, tummy tuck or breast augmentation done and anxious to start working out? Check out these suggested exercise regimes suited for each procedure.
Liposuction & tummy tucks
Liposuction involves the removal of fats from specific areas of your body using a suction device, such as the thighs, love handles, and abdomen, are removed using a suction device.
Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, is done to remove excess abdominal skin and also tighten the abdominal muscles.
- Start by taking short walks lasting about 15 – 30 minutes as soon as you feel up to it.
- Once you are cleared by your doctor for more intensive exercises, you may wish to engage in exercises that strengthen your core muscles such as pilates:
Breast implants may be placed over or under the pectoral muscles to upsize the patient’s breasts.
Shoulder range of movement exercises
- Assisted forward flexion of shoulder x 20 reps
- Assisted abduction of shoulder x 20 reps
- Assisted internal rotation (hand-behind-back) x 20 reps
- Pendulums (clockwise/anti-clockwise) x1 min
- Shoulder circumduction (clockwise/anti-clockwise) x 15 secs