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Why Can’t You Exercise Right After Liposuction?

Posted December 01, 2021 in Liposuction

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Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat deposits in the body through a small incision. After the treatment, the skin and muscles will have been weakened by the procedure. Therefore, it is important for patients to give their skin sufficient time to heal after surgery. 

Two young women lifting hand weights in gym.

For optimal results, it is important that patients exercise after liposuction, but only in moderation. Start slowly and gradually increase intensity. However, if you begin an active lifestyle too soon after your procedure, you may experience complications like pain, bruising, and even seroma (an accumulation of body fluids).

Below, we look at how soon patients should resume exercise following their treatment to be safe and to protect/maintain results.

How Soon Can I Return to Exercising?

People who receive liposuction or other surgical procedures to contour and restructure the body may be concerned about the effect that physical activity will have on their results. 

While it is important to keep up with your regular exercise regime after undergoing body-contouring surgery, it is recommended that you avoid excessively strenuous activities, such as aerobics or high-impact power walking, for six weeks following your procedure.

This precautionary measure helps avoid excessive bleeding, hematoma, scarring, bruising, pain, seroma, poor wound healing, infection, abscessed, or strangulated stomas. 

However, always remember that every patient’s recovery period is different. So, don’t push yourself too hard; if it’s painful doing it, you can wait a bit longer.

What Types of Exercises Help in Liposuction Maintenance?

Light Walking 

Light walking is a great way to get blood flowing which helps with a quicker recovery. Dr. Koch recommends that you start light walking as soon as you feel ready. This can be anywhere within a few hours to the first few days after the procedure. 

It is important to listen to your body during these first few days.


Aerobics is a great component of your fitness regime that helps you to maintain a healthy weight. The majority of our patients need to wait at least four weeks before resuming any high-intensity aerobic exercises like running or jumping jacks. If and when you resume these activities, start slowly and gradually work your way up in intensity.

Resistance Training/Weightlifting

Resistance and weightlifting exercises keep your body toned after liposuction. As with other high-intensity exercises, you’ll need to give your body time to sufficiently heal. In some cases, we recommend a bit longer before targeting the muscles around the treatment area. Once the incisions heal and bruises start to disappear, resistance training can be resumed around the treated areas.

What Does Liposuction Look Like?

Are you considering liposuction? See how this treatment has helped Dr. Koch’s previous patients by visiting our liposuction before and after gallery

Before and after image showing a liposuction treatment performed in Williamsville, NY.

Interested in Liposuction Body Contouring in Williamsville or Buffalo, NY?

Lose that stubborn fat with liposuction at Todd B. Koch MD. Our expert medical team knows how to target the most stubborn belly fat, love handles, upper arms, thighs, and buttocks. Each year, we help countless patients reach their goals of losing unwanted pounds with the safest and most advanced techniques in our office setting.

Schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons online or call 716-631-1220 today if you have questions about how liposuction might help you!