Many of Dr. Wong’s patients actively work out and are used to exercising regularly. So when it’s time for their procedure, one of the common questions we get is when is it safe to resume exercising after the procedure? There are a number of factors that affect your recovery time and when you can resume your workouts such as the type of procedure you have.

Breast Augmentation

It’s extremely important to act with care after a breast implant, especially when it comes to your chest and upper body. Within the first month following the procedure, it’s normally safe to exercise your lower body and even getting in some mild cardio workouts that don’t involve moving your arms. Stationary bikes are the ideal form of exercise for this. Be sure to consult with your physician after the fourth week to see if you’re ready for more intensive workouts. 

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, will require a longer recovery time before you even think about working out again due to the fact that most exercise routines involve your core muscles in some way. There’s a chance you could resume working out after four weeks but even after that time, you will likely need to take it slow and start with light cardio. Consult your surgeon before you consider restarting.


Liposuction also involves the core area of the body, which like a tummy tuck, will prevent you from getting back to your fitness routine immediately after your procedure. Patients can begin with light cardio workouts after about three weeks. After the fifth or sixth week, some light running and weights may be possible, but at about half the level of intensity that you had prior to your surgery. 

Facial Rejuvenation

Dr. Wong recommends waiting at least a month after your facial rejuvenation procedure before resuming your workout. This particular procedure may seem like it would have a shorter recovery period than most others, but working out raises your blood pressure which could cause blood vessels to bleed and a hematoma to develop. You’re better off standing on the side of caution than risking your health. After the month, you should be able to resume some light cardio, but be aware that you may be susceptible to nosebleeds following a rhinoplasty if you start too soon. 

Be sure that before and after any procedure you discuss your fitness routine with your surgeon before beginning any type of workout. The timelines mentioned above are loose guidelines and your recovery times could vary by individual. 

If you have additional questions about when you can start working out after a procedure, contact us at Honolulu Plastic Surgery. It’s important you choose and consult with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Wong who has a long track record of successful surgeries for our clients. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more advice and answers to plastic surgery-related questions.