I took a hip hop dance class 24 days after liposuction and today i feel a little bloated. I am also ovulating, do you think the exercise or ovulation is causing me to be more bloated than usual? I really love exercising, can't imagine not doing so.
Does Dance or Aerobics Cause More Swelling and Bloating After Liposuction?
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Liposuction and swelling
Swelling with exercise is quite normal after liposuction. You have to give it more time for this reponse to exercises will go away. I think it is OK to exercise 3 weeks after liposuction; just wear some form of compression garment.
It's fine to exercise 10-14 days after liposuction. Wear your compression garments for as long as your doctor advised but its good to wear something snug while exercising for at least a month. Probably much of what you are seeing is hormonal.
Swelling Can Worsen By Exercising So Soon After Liposuction, But Not So Much Bloating
Congratulations on your liposuction! Obviously, you are feeling great.
Normally, I recommend taking leisurely walks in the first 3 days then after 4-5 days, returning to work and gradually increasing activities, but this is variable depending upon the number of sites treated and discomfort tolerance. For example, if you’ve had many areas treated, you may require 7-10 days before going back to work.
Athletic activities usually have to wait until 3 weeks. Even after 3 weeks vigorous dancing could cause a little bloating, but certainly the fact that you are ovulating may be the culprit. I would let things settle down first, and then try again. If it keeps happening, you may need to lay off the dancing for another week or two.
Please take it easy while you recover. The last thing you want to do is compromise your results, or worse, your health!
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You can exercise freely 2 weeks after liposuction.
Feeling bloated is not alarming. After liposuction, there is bruising, which typically is gone in three weeks. You don't see the final shape for four months. But you can exercise all you want now. You won't do any harm.
Swelling after Liposuction surgery
Bloating has many causes and generally indicates more gas. It also can be caused by slow transit time through your gut. This may be aggravated by surgery or pain relievers that are narcotic based. Generally exercise tends to improve GI motility and over the long term should decrease bloating.
Another common cause of bloating after surgery, but not necessarily related to exercise, is the change in your GI Flora (the bacteria in your gut) resulting from the antibiotics used. You may want to consider a course of probiotics from your local health food store. Generally, the formulations that contain multiple different bacteria are better than the single strains.
Swelling also has many causes, but is distinguished because it generally refers to and is related to edema (fluid) in the tissues. This can persist for several months after liposuction and can be made worse by exercise.
I would consult with your surgeon regarding limitations on exercise but wearing a spandex compression garment will help to minimize swelling.
I hope you find this helpful.
Wait 6 weeks after Lipo to be safe
The general recommendation is to wait for at least 6 weeks after Lipo. From a swelling stand point, you might get more swelling from more activity. Take it very slow and wear a garment.
Bloating has so many reasons and could not be explained by the liposuction/activity.
Hope that helps!
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