Importance of Exercise after Liposuction

by | Published on Nov 23, 2015 | Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction has become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among both men and women. Unlike traditional techniques that involved surgical intervention to remove excess fat, modern liposuction modalities are minimally-invasive or non-invasive, safe and effective. For instance, SmartLipo Triplex laser liposuction offers superior body contouring results and allows you to achieve your goals quickly and with minimal downtime.

Lipolysis is not a weight loss solution and you need to be close to your ideal weight to be a good candidate for the treatment. The treatment addresses those localized deposits of fat that refuse to budge despite dieting and exercise. In fact, a healthy lifestyle is also important after the procedure. Plastic surgeons stress that patients should not be complacent about the outcome and that they should exercise regularly to maintain the results of their Smart liposuction treatment.

Exercise to Enjoy the Results of Liposuction Long-term

Whether the fat removed via liposuction will return or not is a much-debated issue. A 2011 study published in the journal Obesity claimed that fat would return to untreated areas of the body, especially the abdomen, shoulders, and arms, within one year after liposuction. However, a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery refuted this and said that fat cells neither return to treated areas nor get redistributed to untreated areas of the body after liposuction.

Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil suggested that the solution lies in exercise. Their study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2012, found that a workout three times a week, comprising a five minute warm-up, strength training, and up to 40 minutes of cardiovascular exercise, was more than enough to prevent weight gain and the formation of visceral fat.

Laser body sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure that is usually requires only local anesthesia. Recovery time is usually less than two weeks. Light bruising and some discomfort are typical after the procedure, but most patients are able to return normal activity and work in a couple of days, and resume exercise after 2 weeks. Keeping up the exercise routine is important and you need to follow your surgeon’s recommendations on this. Here is some general advice.

General Recommendations

Light aerobic exercise, mainly walking, is recommended within two days of a surgical procedure. Start off with light activities and gradually increase them up to tolerable levels. Resistance exercises or weight training can be resumed after the second week from surgery. These help tighten the skin and tone the muscles. Once you have fully recovered, make exercise a part of your daily regimen.

In addition to exercise, maintain a healthy weight with the right diet to maintain and enhance the results of your body contouring procedure long-term as well as contribute to your overall health.

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