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Get up and move after plastic surgery

19th Jul 2017

It gets worse before it gets better. That also applies in plastic surgery recovery. Before you can reach the point where you start to really feel good about your plastic surgery results, you will first have to endure days of grueling discomforts. Your surgeon will do all possible to minimize your discomfort, help you recuperate from the surgical trauma at the soonest time and make a smooth transition to your normal life.

While complete rest is recommended for every plastic surgery patient during the recovery process, surgeons encourage their patients to get up and move immediately after the procedure. This may surprise patients who never had surgery but taking short and slow walks after the procedure is important for your health in different ways.

First, your body goes through trauma during surgery. Moving around help prevent blood clots from developing. Surgery puts you at risk of blood clotting so to minimize the risk, get up and walk without undue strain.

Blood clots can be life threatening. It can even lead to a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is basically blood clot formation in your body areas like the legs, arms, and/or pelvis. There is a higher risk for the blood clots to travel to your heart, lungs, and even your brain. When this happens, it can either lead to death or cause permanent disability in the patient.

Remaining inactive after surgery increases your risk of blood clot formation. Movement is very important to keep your blood in circulation through your body. When patients don’t walk after surgery, they may suffer from blood clot formation, particularly in the hip and legs.

The best way to prevent blood clotting is through movements after the surgery. It is very important to get up and walk after plastic surgery, no matter how much it hurts. However, this doesn’t mean you take long walks immediately after surgery. Walking slowly for a few minutes every two hours during the recovery period can drastically reduce your risk of blood clotting. Walking aids in proper blood circulation.

The second problem that arises out of inactivity after surgery is constipation. If you have a history of constipation, it can get worst after plastic surgery, because your body lacks movements. Surgery is stressful and constipation can be one of the less desired side effects especially if you just stay in bed and not move around. The lack of movement also stops your bowel movement, which triggers constipation. It is, therefore, very important to get up and walk slowly with support right after plastic surgery or as soon as your surgeon advises you to do so.

The value of early walking after surgery cannot be stressed enough. Slow and short walks after plastic surgery can also help your body heal quickly and properly, because moving around stimulates circulation and pumps blood and oxygen throughout your body. When the incisions get enough blood and oxygen flow, healing is faster and smoother.

It is healthy to take short and slow walks every 2-3 hours during your recovery period. Listen to your body. Take it slow and in moderation. Avoid any strenuous activities or brisk and distance walking. Anything in excess is detrimental to your health and this can adversely affect outcomes and aesthetic results achieved with the surgery.


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