- October 12, 2020

The Importance Of Walking After Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery can be the answer to many of our questions and struggles with our bodies and self-image. But whatever surgery you plan to have, be it a tummy tuck, liposuction, or any other type, it is not an excuse for a sedentary life.

Some people may believe that having plastic surgery can compensate for a healthy lifestyle or that liposuction is an easy and inexpensive weight loss program, but cosmetic surgery is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise in the gym.

Among the postoperative recommendations that leading rhinoplasty doctors give you, every time, will be the suggestion to get out of bed and walk as soon as possible. Even after a long surgery under general anesthesia, you will find that your doctor will urge you to start moving as soon as possible. While it may seem like an overstatement to move around after you’ve just recovered from general anesthesia, your doctor makes these recommendations for your own good. Walking as little as physically possible is recommended to reduce the risk of complications such as blood clots and atelectasis. More than this, the healing and recovery processes will improve if you start walking after surgery.

While there are those who believe that bed rest is the best solution after surgery, any doctor who cares about his patients will tell you that the opposite is true. It is important to move as soon as possible, and your surgeon will insist that you do so. When you move, your body recovers faster and resumes its functions. For example, it is important to see bowel movements soon after surgery, but some find it difficult (with a lack of food before surgery and a light meal or just fluids afterward). Walking around your bed, even taking a step every couple of minutes, is essential for your digestive system.

Staying in bed too long can be detrimental to a speedy recovery and to your mental health. It is a well-known fact that walking or any type of exercise will trigger the release of endorphins, the happiness hormone. This is why people come back from the gym in better spirits and with energy. It’s all due to the level of endorphins in your bloodstream.

The importance of walking after cosmetic surgery cannot be ignored, but, at the same time, it is important to do it in moderation. Pushing too hard on the body that just had surgery is not a good idea, either.

- July 18, 2020