Exercise After Surgery

We are often asked “when can I start exercise after surgery?” We suggest the following guidelines.

If at any time you feel pain or discomfort, please discontinue.

Facial Surgery
– Light walking is beneficial the first week as long as you don’t increase your heart rate and blood pressure.

– 3 weeks after surgery you can increase your activity. Avoid any type of exercise where you are bending over face down (Yoga, stretching, etc.). Avoid any exercises that increase your heart rate or blood pressure.

– 6 weeks after surgery you can start increasing your heart rate and blood pressure. Please note your face will be a little swollen after exercising.

Body Surgery
– Light walking is beneficial the first couple of weeks as long as you don’t increase your heart rate and blood pressure.

– 2-3 weeks after surgery you can start slowly increasing your activity. Upper and lower body exercises are allowed as long as you don’t lay on your stomach or perform any isolated abdominal exercises.

– 6 weeks after surgery you caan start increasing your heart rate and blood pressure. Avoid any type of abdominal exercises for 4-6 months after surgery.

Breast Surgery
– Light walking is beneficial as long as you don’t increase your heart rate and blood pressure.

– 2-3 weeks after surgery you can start increasing your activity such as a stationary bike or elliptical.

– 3-4 weeks after surgery you can start jogging. Make sure you wear a supportive sports bra. Light upper body weights can be used.

– 4-6 weeks after surgery you can start increasing your upper body weights and activity as you feel more comfortable and are not having any discomfort.

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