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At-Home Workouts After Plastic Surgery

These days, the coronavirus pandemic has left many people bored out of their minds. However, this is not the time to become a couch potato. With ample time in your hands, what’s stopping you from getting back into shape? Although many people are working from home, there’s no denying that they’re not suffering from long commutes anymore. Moreover, there’s no spending time outside, so you’re pretty much inside your house. Making daily workout a part of your routine would not only be healthy but also help you stay strong mentally. At-home workouts are even more important for those who recently had their plastic surgery. That is the only way to get in shape quickly and look your best self.

What to Do?

It is understandable that many people are feeling sad because of being locked down, but at-home workouts can help push these dark thoughts aside. Snacking voraciously is probably not a great idea to make yourself feel better, which is why you should limit this. However, if you’ve been doing that for weeks, weight gain might be in order. All of us have gained a few pounds, but it’s time we start doing our bodies some good. In order to improve the results of plastic surgeries, exercising is extremely important. 

Those who’ve had liposuction, tummy tuck, facial, or breast surgery need to do a few workouts. Overeating in these times can especially jeopardize the results of tummy tuck and liposuction, and it can be really hard to get rid of those resistant fat pockets. The exact opposite of this is also not healthy, i.e. dieting. In the times of coronavirus pandemic, you need to make sure that your immune system is good and strong. Starting some shock diets can make you weak and tired.

Importantly, although doing 30 mins of exercise every day is important, do not go overboard with them. Some of our patients drive their energy from exercising, and it can be hard to let go of it for some days (sometimes weeks, post-op). Unfortunately, there’s nothing but bed rest that you need immediately after surgery. Without it, your body might not recover properly. 

Your surgery and the Exercise Regime 

For starters, you’ll be given detailed instructions about the post-op recovery period by Longevita. This will include the actions that you can and cannot perform. If you have any specific questions, you can always ask your surgeon about them. Without consultation, you should not start exercising on your own initiative. It might end up doing more harm than good. 

 

  • Tummy Tuck Surgery

 

Immediately after losing weight through a tummy tuck surgery, many patients are excited about maintaining their shape. They frequently ask when they can start exercising. During the first few days, you might have mild swelling, pain, and throbbing. This is why you should absolutely refrain from exercising. You can walk around a little bit at most as this will help with blood circulation and healing of wounds. However, even simple walking shouldn’t be done alone as you might risk falling, which can harm the stitches. For up until a period of six weeks, you should not be lifting, pushing, or pulling anything. That includes swimming. It might be difficult for you to stand up straight for a few weeks. This is all temporary. You might feel tautness. Therefore, any strenuous activity should be strictly avoided as it can strain your wounds. 

You’ll be provided with a compression garment to help with the swelling. Wear that. If you exercise vigorously, you’ll experience greater swelling. In a time, when getting out of the house has become rather difficult, you should take extra care. 

 

  • Breast Surgery 

 

Whether it’s a breast lift, reduction, or enlargement, you need to take rest immediately after the surgery. If you do perform any strenuous exercise such as heavy lifting, it will disturb your stitches, can cause infection, and might displace the implants. At most, you can try small walks and increase their length as time passes by. It will prevent any clot formation and help heal the wounds faster. It is very much an at-home workout. You might not be able to enjoy the beauty of nature, though, but only for a few months. Whenever you feel that this amount of exercise is enough for the day, stop immediately. Any more exertion can cause you severe pain, which is not the kind of “burn” you feel after a good workout. 

Also, having breast surgery does not mean that you can work out your legs. Any exercise will impact your whole body, so be careful. Eventually, you will be able to return to your normal exercise routine. Until then, take it light and slow. You’ll be healing while improving on the results of your surgery.

In the case of liposuction or facial surgery, you need to follow the same measures. Avoid any exercise that can result in injury. However, those of you who’ve had months passed since your surgery, it might be the right time for you to get back into your old routine whether it’s burpee, planking, squats, crunches, jogging, or lunges. Do not forget to consult your doctor about the exact number of months after which you can jump into these. The number can vary depending on the surgery and the patient. A simple online consultation can help save you from a big injury. 

For now, let’s take a look at the advantages that regular exercising can bring to you.

Benefits of Exercising Regularly 

Almost everyone says that exercising is healthy and good for your body. But what are the things that it can actually help with? Let’s read on. 

 

  • It’ll Help You Achieve Your Weight Goals 

 

A lot of people start exercising because of this very reason. They want to get in shape, lose some holiday weight (quarantine, in this case), or maybe fit into a dress. Whatever might the reason, the goal is the same – weight loss. It is, after all, a very effective way to do so. There are other ways, such as dieting. But many people do them both at the same time. Through increasing your metabolic rate and burning more calories, exercising is a very good way to lose weight. 

For those who’ve undergone a body contouring surgery, there’s no better way to maintain your shape than moving your muscles around. 

 

  • Exercising will Improve Your Brain Health, Mood, and Energy 

 

If you’re looking for a solid energy boost, exercising is the way to go. There’s always that sense of achievement, self-esteem uplift, and confidence that oozes after you’ve finished an intense workout. If you begin your mornings with exercise, then you’re most likely to feel fresh and rejuvenated throughout the day. Also, if you’re feeling a bit angry, what better way to blow off some steam than a good workout? 

However, that’s not it. Exercising can actually improve your memory. It helps the hippocampus of your brain to grow, which is involved in memory and learning. It is especially helpful for older adults as it has been shown to improve cognitive functioning. End your days feeling happy and relaxed with just one exercise session in a day. Those of you who suffer from anxiety or depression can also benefit from at-home workouts these days, especially as things are getting tougher and fears of the pandemic are widespread. 

 

  • Exercising can Help You Sleep Better 

 

That does not mean you should exercise right before going to bed. It will end up energizing you and will have the opposite effect. You use energy for burning calories during exercise, which is why you feel depleted afterwards. But this actually improves the quality of your sleep as you recuperate in your dreamland. You’ll wake up feeling better than ever. 

You’ll not only sleep faster but also longer and deeper, which is why this activity is so perfect for all those who love a goodnight’s rest.

 

  • You’ll Have Strong Bones and Muscle Mass

 

We all understand how important these two can be later in life. Ageing causes the loss of our bone density and muscle mass, making us more frail and prone to injuries. You can save yourself from this pain by simple at-home exercises. It’ll not only make your muscles strong but also prevent various bone diseases that can occur as you grow older. You’ll feel healthy and strong. And who doesn’t want to feel young all the time!

Summary

We’re all sincerely hoping for the pandemic to be over as soon as possible. Hopefully, it will all be temporary, and we can get back to our normal lives again. Till then, it is important that you take care of your health, especially as the medical staff is dealing with the COVID-19 patients, and non-essential medical treatments are not being carried out. Now that the gym may be out of the picture for some people, do not shirk on at-home workouts. However, do not forget to listen to your body. When you’re exhausted, just stop and relax. It is just as important. It’s not a race for productivity, it’s a pandemic. Stay Safe!

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