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When Can you Work-Out After Arm Lift Surgery?

Arm lift surgery, also known medically as brachioplasty, is a procedure that aims to address the appearance of unwanted adipose tissue in the upper arms. It is an area notoriously stubborn to change, even when subjected to proper diet and exercise, and so it is a surgery that has been gaining in popularity. Whether because of excess skin after significant weight loss or genetic predisposition, patients concerned with the appearance of their arms and unable to affect the change they want using traditional methods may want to consider arm lift surgery. It is very important, however, that post-surgery precautions are taken and exercise restrictions be followed. The following is advice on working out post-surgery.

Arm Lift Surgery

For at least 2 weeks immediately following the surgery you will want to avoid any activities which require exerting 5 or more pounds of force, or even elevating your heart rate with exercise that is not specifically targeting the arms, as it could lead to increased bleeding. After the first couple of weeks you will still want to abstain from any mechanical movement which directly places strain on the recovering areas. It’s ok for you to start incorporating exercise back into your normal routine, but avoiding strain on the arms. If discomfort or bleeding occurs, even while taking the necessary precautions, cease the activity immediately. The body needs rest in order to heal itself properly, so the objective should be to allow it to do just that.

It is very important to keep in mind that following any down time between the surgery and resuming any exercise regimen, you will have lost stamina and perhaps even some strength. Make sure you gradually increase weight and exertion on your way back to where you were strength and stamina-wise pre-surgery. Attempting to jump right back into your routine after an invasive surgery is a recipe for bleeding, tearing and potentially damage to your arm.

Your body, and especially the surgical area will be very sensitive to strain and any swelling or discomfort after the recommended waiting period should be taken as a sign that you still have not quite fully recovered from the operation to the point where it is safe to resume regular physical activity. Follow the advice of your surgeon and make sure you take care of yourself.





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