How Soon After Smart Lipo Can I Start Working Out?

I had Smart lipo 17 days ago. When can I return to working out?

Doctor Answers 7

Very soon

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every dr will have his own philosophy. i let my pts walk and do most things that don't drive their heart rate way up after 2-3 days. after 7-10 days, i give them essentially unrestricted activities. however, they need to listen to their body and if things hurt a lot, they need to reduce their activity.

Smart Lipo and Gym Time

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Thank you for your question.  Believe it or not, this is something that I hear commonly asked by my patients.  They are eager to get back to the gym and see how awesome their muscle tone looks after that fatty layer has been removed.  I generally recommend to my patients that they can do more sedate activities, such as walking, starting the day after their procedure.  In fact, I make walking the day after a requirement.  However, when going back to a heavier workout with more intense cardio and weightlifting, I recommend waiting approximately 2 weeks after your procedure.  If you're 17 days out, you should be safe to resume your regular workouts, but it's always important to check with your doctor first, as every doctor has different guidelines. 

Mytien Goldberg, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

You may start working out about 2 weeks after your smart lipo procedure...

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After having the smart lipo procedure you may start working out in about two weeks.  If you start working out to soon, then the swelling may worsen.  After two weeks, you should start out with a light workout, nothing too strenuous, and gradually build up to your regular workout routine.

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Every physician has their own recommendations for resuming exercise after laser liposuction.  I encourage my patients to be active as soon as possible but to start with light exercise and build up as tolerated.  Most patients go for a walk the next day and gradually resume their exercise routine within the first week. 

Lawrence Osman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon

Working out after Smartlipo

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There is no rule about when you can start working out.  It really depends on how you feel and how large of an area you had treated.  There are no sutures that might break and no incisions that might have problems, so you can start working out as soon as the next day if you feel okay.  In reality, most patients go back to work the next day or two after the procedure and start working out after a few days.  Good luck.

One Week Post SmartLipo

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We ask our patients to take it easy for the first 7 days, after that you can resume your daily activities. Just don’t over do it, listen to your body!

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

You should be able to now

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Unless you had a very challenging recovery, you ought to be able to work out now. Depending on the other method used with the SmartLipo, recovery can vary. But if you had the tumescent method, you ought to be ready to go now.

Joel Schlessinger, MD
Omaha Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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