How Long After Lower Body Lift Can I Perform Heavy Exercise Without Compromising My Results?

I workout 4-5 times per week, usually running 3-4 miles per day or a kickboxing workout. If I have a full lower body lift will I be able to resume these type of workouts without ruining my results?

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Exercise Routines Following Massive Weight Loss Surgery

It's not unusual for patients to be eager to resume their normal exercise routines following lower body lift surgery. In the post-operative period, patients can anticipate limited physical activity for ten to fourteen days following surgery. I, typically, tell my patients bathroom and kitchen privileges initially with slow resumption of normal activity over the next two weeks. Patients can usually return to work if no strenuous activity or heavy lifting is involved. After seven to eight weeks, they can resume all their normal activities including heavy lifting. When resuming exercise routines, it's important to listen to your body and not over do it. When this approach is taken, patients have high satisfaction rates and return to normal quickly.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Body Lifting and Kickboxing?

Thank you for the question.

Yes you will be able to resume strenuous exercise after lower body lifting. Realistically however it may be at least 8 weeks before you feel up to a kickboxing workout  and even then you will have to start slow and “listen to your body”.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Body Lift Recovery

It would be my preference for you to wait five to six weeks after a body lift before resuming the strenuous exercise routine you have described. I would certainly want all your incisions to be well healed and no evidence of any fluid collections or seromas.

Richard Linderman, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Heavy exercise after a lower body lift

Gentle exercise is reasonable after two to three weeks after a lower body lift when your incision line is well healed, and you are out of range for the development of a fluid collection or seroma. Heavy exercise or contact sports such as kick boxing may have to wait six weeks, and it is always best to resume any activity slowly when you have a period of down time.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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