At 4 weeks post TT, breast augmentation and lift is it normal to still get stiffening/discomfort when increasing walking?
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Mommy make-over - will exercise make me stiff?
- You are exactly right to not lose progress in your health after surgery.
- Yes, walking after major surgery can make you stiff and uncomfortable at first.
- How much to do varies - so please ask your surgeon to guide you.
- If s/he does not have help to offer - do this.
- Start at 10% of what you did before surgery. If you walked 60 minutes, walk 6 the first time.
- If you feel ok with that, then walk 12 minutes the next time.
- Keep doubling your exercise - as long as you feel ok.
- If for instance you walk 30 minutes and you are really stiff and sore, do 15 for a few days, then try 30 again.
- This keeps you from hurting yourself - both from surgery and from having lost fitness during your recovery.
Concerns after mommy makeover surgery…
Generally speaking, it will be important for you to return to activities in a very gradual/cautious fashion. "Listen to your body" as you do so. Having said that, most patients are able to drive approximately one week after surgery, engage in lower body exercises two weeks after surgery, and lift more than 10 pounds 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
It is not unusual for some patients to require several months before they regain preoperative strength/stamina/energy levels. What I have observed is that many patients are about 70 to 80% of their energy level at the 4 to 6 weeks post op period and may require 3 to 4 months before they are 100%. It is not unusual for patients to experience significant emotional "ups and downs" as well.
Best wishes for an outcome that you will be very pleased with.
At 4 weeks post TT, BA/BL is it normal to get stiff and have discomfort while walking?
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