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Why Is It Important To Exercise After Liposuction?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

An organized fitness and diet regimen is required to maximize the benefits of the liposuction procedure and ensure that undesired fatty deposits do not form in your body again. It is critical to understand that liposuction isn’t a forever weight loss operation but rather a method of contouring or shaping certain regions of the body. Suction is used to remove excess fat from beneath the skin and if caution is not followed, the fat will most likely return.

Why should you exercise after liposuction?

In the absence of regular exercise and a nutritious, balanced diet, the fat will most certainly return. One research report released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism demonstrates the dangers of not exercising after surgery. Researchers from the University of So Paulo selected 36 healthy but sedentary women between the ages of 20 and 35. The women weren’t obese, but they all agreed to have 2.5 to 3 pounds of abdomen fat removed via liposuction.

Six months later, half of the women had acquired fat, primarily visceral fat, which collects surrounding organs deep inside the abdomen and is known to trigger metabolic alterations that raise the risk of coronary disease and diabetes. These women accumulated 10% more visceral fat than they had previously.

The other 50 % of the patients did not gain weight since they were randomly allocated to begin exercising post-surgery. While their peers remained sedentary following liposuction, these women began a four-month training plan that included both aerobic and weightlifting three to four times each week. Not only did the fat not return, but they also had little fat in their bodies overall. They were also more physically fit and had better insulin sensitivity.

Yes, liposuction can help you look the way you’ve always desired to; however, without exercise and a balanced diet, you’ll be back to where you started.

When to start exercise after liposuction?

You should expect some inflammation and water retention just after liposuction, but this should go away in two to three weeks. Doctors advise against engaging in strenuous exercise. If you get standard liposuction, then you must wait three to five weeks, based on your susceptibility to aerobic activity. It cannot be overstated that liposuction isn’t a lifelong weight loss operation and depending on which area the treatment is performed on your body, you will require an activity routine to maintain it.

Toning exercises can indeed be steadily increased between two and three weeks after surgery. It is critical for the body to recover initially to achieve the finest surgical results. After six weeks, typically, liposuction patients are comfortable enough to engage in intense activities. To keep the fat off your abdomen, you must maintain a consistent aerobic and abdominal training routine. Running, cycling, swimming and aerobics are the finest cardio activities, but there are many additional basic abdominal exercises that anyone may incorporate into their fitness program after liposuction.

Which exercises can you undertake?

You can undertake these exercises to support you in maintaining body weight after liposuction. Make sure you speak to your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.

1. Stretching 

The first step that one should take is taking a 2–6-week hiatus from any rigorous “workout-like” activity. Stay comfortable at home, rest enough, and give your body some time to adjust to the new you. Begin cautiously after a month and a half of relaxation. Start with stretches that target your core stability and your legs. It will take some time to build up your muscular resistance and flexibility. Hold the positions for longer than usual and gradually increase the time.

2. Engage in cardio 

This will help activate the limbic system. It is also vital to ease into this exercise gradually after a break of 2-3 months. Work up a sweat on the treadmill and slowly increase the pace or intensity from week to week.

3. Mix yoga 

Yoga is an excellent technique to align your mind and body. Given your recent physical changes, getting back in sync with your body should be a top priority. Begin with slower, more meditative kinds of yoga before returning to your power yoga regimen. After surgery, you require yoga to maintain body weight, not to lose body weight.

4. Walking and jogging

You should not stay inactive for too long since fat will develop in the places you recently had it removed from. Before you hit the gym after 6-7 weeks, go on walks or jog a little to refresh your mind and help your body feel as though it’s going back to routine (do this even a week after surgery). 

5. Aerobics

In the initial few days after surgery, moderate aerobic exercise (mostly walking) is advised. The essential thing to remember during recuperating is to respond to the body’s cues and not force yourself past your unique level of comfort. You may steadily resume your regimen and at the six weeks point, you’ll be able to resume maximum-impact activities like running, swimming, or outdoor cycling.

6. Resistance exercises 

Resistance training that does not involve the medically treated area of the body can be undertaken as early as the second week of surgery. Resistance routines, like sit-ups, squats, etc., should be introduced into the system with utmost care and attention towards how the body reacts. If resistance training causes pain, pressure, or discharge, stop immediately and consult a doctor. Resistance workouts can be started as permitted around operative areas once incisions have healed well and bruises have faded, typically about six weeks after surgery.


You may be concerned that if you do not maintain your exercise routines, you may lose your strength and physical stamina. However, you must remember that exercise right after liposuction can aggravate swelling and discomfort, making recovery time even longer.

If you want to resume exercising, start with lighter workouts and avoid running, cycling, or dancing for the first month after liposuction. Instead, go for mild weight-training routines. The use of gym equipment and machines that produce pressure around the treatment region should be avoided.

Before you begin engaging in exercise, discuss with your doctor your health condition and follow his/her advice to avoid any health complications.

Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.


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