Exercising After Liposuction and Breast Augmentation?

It's been about 4 weeks since I had abdominal Liposuction and Breast augmentation. I want to know if it is okay to begin abdominal exercises. I also do alot of indoor cycling; Is this cardio exercise too extreme to begin after having Lipo and Breast augmentation?

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Exercising After Liposuction and Breast Augmentation?

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Timing to return to specific types of exercise will vary from one patient to another. Best to check with your plastic surgeon for specific advice. Generally, I suggest patients gradually ease back into the strenuous aerobic exercise 4 to 6 weeks postoperatively, assuming that they are doing well and there have been no complications. Lower body exercise can generally be resumed 2 weeks postoperatively.  Use common sense, listen to your body, and gradually resume previous activity. In my practice, I ask patients to avoid contact and strenuous exercise involving the  pectoralis major muscles ( such as push-ups, bench press,   burpees,  dancing on a poleā€¦) for at least 3-6 months.  Best wishes.


San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Safe to exercise four weeks after Lipo and Breast Implants

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Your plastic surgeon should be giving you his personal recovery schedule and checking that you are ready to exercise.

I have found that liposuction patients have very little down time. All of my liposuction patients begin walking one mile a day the very first day after surgery, There is really nothing that you can do to harm yourself after lipo.

On the other hand, breast implant patients must be more careful after surgery. Full lower body exercise at 10 - 14 days and full upper body exercise at 4 weeks. The main concern is to avoid arm and chest motion that could cause bleeding. Most cases of bleeding ( hematoma) occur in the first 24 -72 hours after surgery. In only 2 patients out of thousands and thirty years of experience have I seen bleeding after 10 days. Both were the result of too much arm or chest movement.

Richard L. Dolsky, MD
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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GO FOR IT.

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GENERALLY, I ALLOW MY PATIENTS WHO HAVE UNDERGONE BREAST AUGMENTATION OR ABDOMINAL LIPOSUCTION TO RESUME PHYSICAL EXERCISE AFTER 2 WEEKS. I RECOMMEND STARTING SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY INCREASE THEIR ACTIVITY LEVEL. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY DISCOMFORT I WOULD BACK OFF. AFTER BREAST AUGMENTATION YOU SHOULD WEAR A GOOD SUPPORTIVE SPORTS BRA DURING AEROBIC EXERCISES SUCH AS RUNNING, SPINNING OR USING AN ELLIPTICAL MACHINE.

Todd B. Koch, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
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Please ask your doctor

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Your doctor will know exactly what they want you to do in terms or returning to exercise and what kinds of exercise to do and what to avoid.  We'd hate to tell you something that contradicted their advice and hurt your result. 

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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You can probably go ahead

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The best person to ask is your plastic surgeon as he/she is the one who performed the surgery and is the most appropriate person to ask this question. Generally speaking, most patients can resume physical activity at 3 weeks following abdominal liposuction or breast augmentation. I usually tell my patients to start slowly and if something doesn't feel right to stop.

Elan B. Singer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Beware of bouncing movements after your procedures

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While I agree you should check with your doctor, I would caution you to avoid too much bouncing at four weeks. Abdominal work shouldn't involve this but, bike riding can if you are up and down quite a bit. I would defer this to 6 or even 8 weeks postop.

 

Robert Frank, MD
Munster Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Exercise

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Different plastic surgeons will have differing post-operative protocols and you should absolutely follow-up with your surgeon to find out what his/her recommendations are.  At four weeks I generally let patients begin to resume their normal activities.

Edmond A. Zingaro, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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