After a facelift, many patients are eager to return to their normal, everyday activities such as exercise. But as with any surgical procedure, recovery should be taken seriously. While you may feel better physically and mentally, it is critical to return to your workout routines in a manner that is safe and doesn’t jeopardize your results or your health.
Every patient is different and while every workout program should be tailored to their fitness level and overall health, the guidelines below will help you manage your expectations by reminding you to take things slowly and listen to your body.
The First Few Days After Surgery …
DO: After a facelift, allow yourself at least one full day of bed rest. And if you still don’t feel ready to start moving around by the second day, don’t push yourself. By the first or second day, however, most patients find that they’re ready to move around the house – which is as much exercise as is recommended those first 48-72 hours.
DON’T: Don’t be overly active or exert yourself for the first 48 hours following your surgery.
The First Few Weeks After Surgery …
DO: Feel free to go for a walk in your neighborhood – wearing a hat or sunscreen – for about 15-20 minutes, eventually walking for up to 30 minutes as you continue to feel better and feel up to it. You can return to a fairly normal routine around the house by doing light housework and cooking. You can also add in a little stretching or gentle yoga during this time.
DON’T: Don’t lift heavy objects to prevent any strain.
Four Weeks After Surgery …
DO: Resume light cardio like walking the neighborhood, walking on a very slow setting on a treadmill, or cycling slowly on a stationary bike to gradually work yourself back up to a more vigorous workout over the next two weeks.
DON’T: Don’t elevate your heart rate too high to prevent swelling, keep bruising to a minimum, and to avoid bigger complications like seromas or bleeds.
Six Weeks After Surgery …
DO: You may engage in full exercise routines just as you did before your surgery.
DON’T: Don’t forget that each recovery is different, so it’s important to consider your individual needs. Ask Dr. Boggess for guidance based on your unique circumstances, condition and recovery.
With patience, self-care, and realistic expectations, you can get back to living a healthy, active lifestyle in no time. But should you have any questions regarding post-surgery exercise, please don’t hesitate to call Youthful Reflections today.