Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. It’s an effective body contouring procedure that targets and eliminates the pockets of exercise-resistant fat that can keep you from achieving your ideal figure. But once that fat is gone, what exercises are best after liposuction recovery to maintain your results?
At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, our expert team of plastic surgeons will help you determine which liposuction procedure is best for your situation and help you navigate keeping your optimal results.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat from the body through small incisions using suction. This versatile procedure targets many areas of the body that are hard to exercise, including the abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs, or under the chin.
Michigan liposuction also:
- Targets and removes fat from trouble spots
- Enhances body contours and proportions
- Offers immediate results that improve as swelling subside
- Allows for better fitting clothing
- Increases confidence and self-image
At Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, we also offer high-definition liposuction and power-assisted liposuction procedures.
While high-definition liposuction removes unwanted fat, it aims to provide someone at their ideal weight with the most sculpted and toned appearance possible. This procedure offers dramatic results for a truly sculpted appearance with far superior results than most patients receive from diet, exercise, and other body contouring procedures.
Power- assisted liposuction (PAL) is more efficient and effective than traditional liposuction as it uses a small motor device that loosens and dislodges fat. This procedure is less invasive and allows for a faster recovery. Prior to liposuction, your surgeon injects a special solution called tumescent that allows easier fat removal and provides pain relief during and after the procedure. Typically, PAL is gentler and safer than traditional liposuction.
The Best Exercises After Liposuction
During your liposuction recovery, you should expect swelling for about two to three weeks. You should avoid strenuous exercise during this time.
Your first workout after your liposuction procedure should be gentle walking at increasing distances, starting a couple of days after your procedure. Walking helps minimize swelling and water retention and aids in recovery. However, listen to your body and don’t exceed your personal comfort during your recovery.
Once your plastic surgeon clears you for exercise, typically in four to six weeks, the best form of exercise to resume is cardio. Adding at least 30 to 45 minutes of running, cycling, swimming, or other aerobic activities is the easiest way to incorporate cardio exercises into your routine to maintain your healthy weight.
Most patients can also resume light weightlifting at this time, but you should start slowly and build up to where you were before your liposuction surgery.