I am a very active person, and I love doing p90x and insanity workouts. When can I resume getting back to my normal workout activity, and will I have to build my strength up again?
After Mommy Makeover - When Can I Resume my Intense Workouts?
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When After Mommy Makeover - Can I Resume my Intense p90x and insanity Workouts?
RE: "After Mommy Makeover - When Can I Resume my Intense Workouts? I am a very active person, and I love doing p90x and insanity workouts. When can I resume getting back to my normal workout activity, and will I have to build my strength up again"
A Mommy Makeover is usually a variable combination of a Tummy Tuck (with or without Liposuction) and a Breast Lift (with or without Augmentation). Other procedures may be included to get rid of the "Mommy Tummy" and get you your "Before Babies Figure" back again.
Cosmetic Surgery involves skin lifting, undermining and tailoring. In a Tummy Tuck the loose and separated tummy muscles are exposed, put together and tightened thereby flattening the poochy, protuberant tummy and greatly narrowing the waist regaining an hourglass figure. This requires putting in many stitches to hold the muscles together.
Your question is analogous to asking "How long after the shower is properly caulked can I use it?" Obviously, shower caulking has to cure and dry before it is exposed to running water. With a tummy Tuck, in the early healing phase the muscles are only held together by the stitches. As time passes, scar tissue glues the muscles together adding strength to the stitched repair AND as the tummy skin re-attaches to the muscles any pull on the muscles is braced by the skin as well. As a result, most surgeons would rather get you into the stage of skin attachment to the muscle and scar remodeling of the repair BEFORE you can engage in active abdominal exercise which will pull the repaired muscles apart and could tear the repair if done before more substantial healing has taken place.
I recommend return to "gentle" (non-abdominals) gym activities at 4-6 weeks based on the patient's progress and more vigorous exercises after 2 months.
Dr. Peter A Aldea
Working out after abdominoplasty or mommy makeover
The component of the mommy makeover that can suffer from excercise is the abdominoplasty. An abdominoplasty involves stitches that tighten the abdominal wall in order to recreate the "hourglass" shape. Hevy lifting can possibly break one or more of these important stitches. For this reason I generally recommend waiting six weeks before any weight training. Running and aerobic activity can resume after two weeks unless ther has been breast surgery in combination. Running can cause a lot of trauma to the breasts so I generally recommend a minimum of four weeks in these cases.
Intense Workouts After Mommy Makeover
Intense workouts that include a high heart rate, or higher blood pressure, or both, can be done after you've healed up completely. This will typically be 4-8 weeks after surgery, but probably on the 6-8 week side. You will probably be seeing your plastic surgeon several time after your procedure, so work with him/ her about getting permission before you hitting the P90X video "play" button!
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Exercise after Mommy Make Over
This is what I tell my patients having tummy tucks:
1. No exercise x 2 weeks
2. Walking week 2-6. Yes, it can be power walking.
3. Resume full exercise at 6 weeks, starting at 25% of what you did before surgery.
Why? Exercise uses energy.
After surgery, we need that energy to heal.
If you try to exercise before you heal, you exhaust yourself and may damage your surgery.
Hope this helps.
Usually at 5-6 weeks, a light workout, followed by gradually increasing intensity is a good rule to follow.
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Exercise after mommy makeover
I prefer that my mommy makeover patients recover for a minimum of six weeks before resuming strenuous exercise. If you have repair of your abdominal muscles (diastasis), I would recommend waiting at least two months following surgery to begin heavy lifting.
Web reference: http://www.drstoker.com/
Intense Workouts after Mommy Makeover
For my mommy makeover patients, I usually ask that they wait at least 6 weeks prior to doing "intense" workouts. P90X and Insanity are both very high intensity workouts (one with weights / other with cardio) that I would really ask that you be careful when you start. Talk to your surgeon and get the "green light" so that you don't start too soon and possibly cause some problem. Enjoy doing these workouts after you recover!
TT and "insanity work-outs"
I'd recommend 2 months before you do non-abdominal exercises, and 3 months before you do any abdominal workouts - or things that require a lot of twisting motions, like golf, tennis, yoga, or pilates.
I want your muscle plication to be very well healed before you "torture-test" it with a difficult workout like P90X.
I recommend waiting 2 months. You want to be careful not tear the abdominal sutures (the ones that hold the muscles together.
Unrestricted workouts six weeks after mommy makeover.
I have patients like you. When a woman is into "insanity workouts", I think it is important to put the brakes on. In general, moderate exercise in two weeks (in a good sports bra), running in four weeks, anything in six weeks.
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