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Have you recently undergone liposuction, high definition liposuction, or Liposonix®?
If so, you are no doubt enjoying your beautifully contoured and sculpted body. But while liposuction does a great job of permanently removing fat cells, you must keep in mind that it does not exempt you from regaining additional weight.
If you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle that incorporates a good exercise regimen and a healthy diet, the weight will likely return, and the remaining fat cells will expand, diminishing your beautiful results.
Exercising After Liposuction
While it is important to exercise regularly to maintain your results, you do not want to start too soon, as this could lead to complications that could delay healing or lead to unsatisfactory results. Ideally, patients are only advised to do light physical activity, including short walks, light jogging, gentle stretching, and general household activities in the first two weeks after surgery.
During the initial days of recovery, you want to refrain from remaining static for long periods; this can increase the risk of blood clots forming in your legs and lungs.
Many doctors will encourage you to begin with light walking to help promote blood circulation.
Maintaining Your Trim Results After Liposuction
As healing progresses and your body becomes stronger, you can slowly return to more engaging exercises, albeit at a much lower intensity level than you are used to.
After three to four weeks, patients can usually begin light cardio exercises, including bike riding, jogging, and yoga. It is of utmost importance that you wait until Dr. Wilson clears you to resume working out, as recovery timelines will vary from patient to patient.
As for high-impact exercises like running, you will need to wait until you are sufficiently healed to avoid messing with your incisions. Most patients will need to wait up to the six-week mark to engage in such vigorous activity.
During this time, patients should pay attention to how their bodies respond, making sure to stop the activity whenever they feel like they are pushing themselves beyond their limits. Additionally, weightlifting and other resistance exercises should be done slowly as you gradually build back to fully working out.
The key to maintaining and improving your beautiful results is sticking to your surgeon’s recommendations and avoiding the temptation to try and rush your body.
Interested in Liposuction? Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Wilson
For most patients, liposuction provides the kickstart to stay active to maintain the new appearance. If you are considering getting liposuction, we would like to be the team that works on helping you look and feel your best with beautiful, enhanced contours. Together, we will address your specific needs and guide you on how best to maintain your results.
If you would like to learn more about the differences between the liposuction techniques offered at Wilson Plastic Surgery, read our blog here.