Everything You Need to Know About Exercise After Brachioplasty
For many of us, exercise is a key part of our daily routine. Whether you enjoy early morning yoga before work, a brisk jog in the afternoon, or a rigorous weight lifting routine every night at the gym, exercise is a great way to stay in shape and relieve stress. Naturally, after an arm lift or brachioplasty procedure, many of our patients in Chicago and Arlington, Illinois, are eager to return to their normal routine and continue exercising.
Naturally, you will have to wait different lengths of time to resume different types of exercise as your body recovers from your body contouring procedure. For the best results, you should always consult your plastic surgeon to get clearance before resuming exercise. Dr. Kotis cares deeply for his patients and wants to make sure they see the results they desire. Here are some general tips for our patients’ favorite types of exercise.
Light Activity Like Walking and Jogging
While you will be eager to get back into your normal exercise routine, it is important to let your body recover for the first few weeks after your plastic surgery procedure. Otherwise, you risk injury or complications. Light activity such as walking and jogging can usually be resume after three or four weeks, so you can look forward to a brisk walk around the neighborhood a few weeks after your procedure.
Vigorous Cardio Like Distance Running
While cardio requires more of your legs, you will still need to wait to resume vigorous exercise like running. As you pump your arms, you may risk pain and injury. For this reason, we recommend our patients wait between four and six weeks to begin vigorous cardio. Dr. Kotis encourages his patients to visit with him and receive clearance before resuming their regular exercise routine.
Weightlifting, Stretching, and Yoga
Exercises like yoga and weightlifting require more from your arms. For this reason, it is best to wait until your arms are completely healed before returning to yoga class or the weight rack at the gym. Depending on your specific procedure, you should be able to resume these kinds of exercise after four to six weeks.
For more information, call Dr. Kotis so he can assess your needs and help you determine what schedule is best for you. Contact us today to set up a brachioplasty consultation and attain the beautiful body of your dreams.