When Can I Really Start the Gym After Lipo?

I'm 4 weeks post op I went back to work I'm feeling ok I am a bit swollen but I feel ready to resume my normal activity..my Lipo was perform in the Dominican Republic ,I'm shocked that my plastic surgeon told me is after 4 months that I can start to work out!!! Why is this? I have read a lot of surgeons say slowly star after 2/3 weeks

Doctor Answers 8

Active exercisers can resume light training within 24 hours after liposuction under local anesthesia.

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Active exercisers can resume light training within 24 hours after liposuction under local anesthesia. After 30 years of performing liposuction, I have found that exercise which causes jiggling of tissue (running, horseback riding, etc.) can be uncomfortable for a week or so. My typical patient is walking moderately the day after surgery.

Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

Thats way too long

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I usually allow my patients to begin exercise 2-3 days after liposuction as long as they are in their compression garments. I always recommend going to a board certified, plastic surgeon close to your home so you can discuss your questions directly with them.

Gym after Liposuction

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Thank you for your question. During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. Although the vast majority of patients will have virtually no bruising, some patients will have bruising. Bruising typically disappears within 7 to 10 days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery. Straining, bending over and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within 10 days or less. Best of luck!Dhaval M. Patel Double board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman Estates BarringtonOakbrook Chicago

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 100 reviews


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Gym after Liposuction
Usually, 2 weeks after the operation you may exercise in order to modify and diminish the adhesions between the skin and the tissue, as long as you keep it light. Walking, swimming, or a stationary bicycle can usually begin a few days after surgery. Wait at least 3 weeks to begin aerobic exercise.
As with all operations, pain and discomfort varies greatly from patient to patient. Generally, one should expect that pain medication will be required for the first several days. Continuing discomfort can last varying amounts of time.
Much of the swelling and bruising will be improved by two weeks; however, some will persist for 6 to 8 weeks. It is often difficult to see significant changes in the body shape before this time. If you have any concerns, notify your plastic surgeon to get it examined.

Exercise After Liposuction

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  Unless there are extenuating circumstances, I usually instruct my patients to begin light exercise at 2 weeks. They should "listen to their body" and if they experience any pain, then they should stop for a few days and try again. I also agree with my colleague who suggested you should only have surgery with a board certified plastic surgeon. Good luck. Dr. Gervais.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 178 reviews

Gym after liposuction surgery

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It depends on the patients recovery, the areas that have been treated and the extent of the surgery. In general I let my patient return to light exercise at 2 weeks and advance as they feel better at 3 weeks. a good general rule you should stop when ever you feel pain, it is away for your body to tell you you are overdoing it.

Good luck!

Return to exercise after liposuction

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Hi Sexxibooty

The answer to your question really depends on how much liposuction was done across how wide an area. If you were just getting a few small pockets sorted out (love handles or saddle bags etc), 2-3 weeks is quite reasonable.

However if you've had large volume liposuction (>5L) across an area that moves a lot (abdomen, thighs), the it would pay to back off on your exercise in those areas for about 6 weeks. Your major risk is that the muscle movement underneath the honeycombed liposuction area will prevent the remaining fat from compressing down and sticking to the muscle layers, which could result in late fluid collections (seromas). It is important to wear your compression garments at all times except showering for the first 6-8 weeks.

Good luck in your recovery.

Dr Gavin Sandercoe


Back to the Gym after Liposuction

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For my patients, I advise them that it is OK to go back to the gym 2 weeks after liposuction and start slowly.  


Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

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