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Your Worry-Free Workout after Cosmetic Surgery

For those of us who enjoy an active Jersey lifestyle, resting can make us restless. But after a major surgical cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation, taking it easy is mandatory, and failing to heed the doctor’s orders can have serious consequences. #HipNJ has all you need to know.

What Could Go Wrong?

  1. You might disrupt the healing process. Your body thinks of surgery as a traumatic injury. You’ll experience bruising, swelling, and pain – all of which are normal with any type of injury. While these side effects are often unpleasant, they are an important part of the healing process. Doing too much too soon may not only set back your recovery, it could also cause a major complication, such as internal bleeding, hematomas, or infection.

 

  1. You may strain your muscles. According to a post from by Daniel Bortnick on RealSelf.com, your body interprets breast augmentation similarly to a pulled pectoral muscle. And much like you wouldn’t run on a sprained ankle, he says, you shouldn’t attempt to exercise with an injured chest. This is especially true for those who have implants placed under the muscle, rather than over.

 

  1. You could seriously screw up the results. Overusing your pectoral muscles after surgery can create a situation that compromises your results. This is because overusing your arm or chest muscles after surgery can lead to tears in the capsule of the breast – the pocket holding the implant in place. This can result in capsular contracture – an often painful complication that causes the breasts to distort in shape and harden.

With that said, you shouldn’t be a couch potato either. Some activity is recommended during your recovery and can actually help you heal faster. Consider these tips:

  • Choose workouts that exercise your lower body. Most surgeons recommend exercises that work your lower body, such as your legs, rather than your upper body after breast augmentation. Activities such as light walking are usually a safe bet the first few weeks following your surgery.

 

  • Focus on baby steps. This is probably the hardest rule to follow. But the key is to adopt a graduated approach to recovery. Small gains, rather than big goals, should drive your workout routine.

 

  • Avoid heavy lifting. According to the website of Dr. Sean Bidic, a breast augmentation surgeon serving South Jersey, you shouldn’t lift anything over 15 lbs. or engage in any activity that raises your heart rate above 100 beats per minute for the first 3 weeks after surgery.

 

  • Listen to your body. Above all, listen to your body and don’t push yourself. The idea of “no pain, no gain” does not hold true when you are recovering from surgery. Take it slow, and always follow your surgeon’s advice.

Your Worry-Free Workout Plan

Start nonphysical work and light activity in 3 – 5 days.

This might include:

  • Gentle arm stretches
  • Normal daily activities such as showering
  • Very light range of motion exercises

Return to light physical activity in 1-2 weeks.

This might include:

  • Walking
  • Driving
  • Desk or office work

Resume most full lower body activities by 4 to 6 weeks.

This might include:

  • Running
  • Leg work (weights)
  • Elliptical machines (without arms)
  • Stationary bikes
  • Lower abdominal exercises

Begin introducing upper body exercises at 8 weeks.

This might include:

  • Swimming
  • Strength training (upper and lower body)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Weights

Remember that these tips are just suggestions. The best way to protect yourself and your results after surgery is to develop a recovery plan with your plastic surgeon.

 

Your Worry-Free Workout after Cosmetic Surgery

For those of us who enjoy an active Jersey lifestyle, resting can make us restless. But after a major surgical cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation, taking it easy is mandatory, and failing to heed the doctor’s orders can have serious consequences.

What Could Go Wrong?

 

  • You might disrupt the healing process. Your body thinks of surgery as a traumatic injury. You’ll experience bruising, swelling, and pain – all of which are normal with any type of injury. While these side effects are often unpleasant, they are an important part of the healing process. Doing too much too soon may not only set back your recovery, it could also cause a major complication, such as internal bleeding, hematomas, or infection.

 

 

  • You may strain your muscles. According to a post from by Daniel Bortnick on RealSelf.com, your body interprets breast augmentation similarly to a pulled pectoral muscle. And much like you wouldn’t run on a sprained ankle, he says, you shouldn’t attempt to exercise with an injured chest. This is especially true for those who have implants placed under the muscle, rather than over.

 

 

  • You could seriously screw up the results. Overusing your pectoral muscles after surgery can create a situation that compromises your results. This is because overusing your arm or chest muscles after surgery can lead to tears in the capsule of the breast – the pocket holding the implant in place. This can result in capsular contracture – an often painful complication that causes the breasts to distort in shape and harden.

 

With that said, you shouldn’t be a couch potato either. Some activity is recommended during your recovery and can actually help you heal faster. Consider these tips:

 

  • Choose workouts that exercise your lower body. Most surgeons recommend exercises that work your lower body, such as your legs, rather than your upper body after breast augmentation. Activities such as light walking are usually a safe bet the first few weeks following your surgery.

 

 

  • Focus on baby steps. This is probably the hardest rule to follow. But the key is to adopt a graduated approach to recovery. Small gains, rather than big goals, should drive your workout routine.

 

 

  • Avoid heavy lifting. According to the website of Dr. Sean Bidic, a breast augmentation surgeon serving South Jersey, you shouldn’t lift anything over 15 lbs. or engage in any activity that raises your heart rate above 100 beats per minute for the first 3 weeks after surgery.

 

 

  • Listen to your body. Above all, listen to your body and don’t push yourself. The idea of “no pain, no gain” does not hold true when you are recovering from surgery. Take it slow, and always follow your surgeon’s advice.

 

Your Worry-Free Workout Plan

Start nonphysical work and light activity in 3 – 5 days.

This might include:

  • Gentle arm stretches
  • Normal daily activities such as showering
  • Very light range of motion exercises

Return to light physical activity in 1-2 weeks.

This might include:

  • Walking
  • Driving
  • Desk or office work

Resume most full lower body activities by 4 to 6 weeks.

This might include:

  • Running
  • Leg work (weights)
  • Elliptical machines (without arms)
  • Stationary bikes
  • Lower abdominal exercises

Begin introducing upper body exercises at 8 weeks.

This might include:

  • Swimming
  • Strength training (upper and lower body)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Weights

Remember that these tips are just suggestions. The best way to protect yourself and your results after surgery is to develop a recovery plan with your plastic surgeon.

Going Back To Work After The Holiday Weekend

By: Andrea Fasciano

You just came back from an amazingly fun weekend at the beach with family and friends. Now that the Fourth of July has passed it is time to get back into reality. Going to work after a holiday weekend can be a major challenge because your brain just refuses to leave vacation mode. #HipNJ has some useful tips to help overcome a lack of motivation following a fun holiday weekend.

1. Steer Clear From Negativity

Only think positive thoughts and don’t let negativity dominate your work day. Pessimism will just lead to harmful and needless stress. Staying optimistic will always help in the long run because it brings happiness and good health! Therefore, here are some motivational quotes to help you get through the work day:

2. Take Relaxation Breaks

Breaks are the key to surviving the work day. Sitting in the office all day gets old and boring. Your legs get stiff, your mind gets jumbled, and all you want to do is enjoy the beautiful sunshine. If possible, take a break and go for a walk outside. It will help to get a change of scenery while also refreshing your brain from all that hard work! Here are some parks around the #GardenState that are great for taking leisure breaks:

Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge

Thompson Park, Lincroft

 

Kittatinny Valley State Park, Newton

3. Workout

Working out is the perfect way to boost your work ethic and help stimulate your brain. Studies have shown that working out has a positive impact on productivity and communication in the workplace. Some awesome places to workout around the #GardenState are:

Barre3 Morristown, Morristown

Anytime Fitness of Colonia, Franklin

Surfside Fitness, Sea Isle City

Orangetheory Fitness, Bedminster

Powerhouse Gym, Linden

4. Plan Everything Out

Avoid getting overwhelmed by staying organized. Making to do lists will help you stay on top of everything that needs to get done. As you complete each task, check it or cross it off the list. It is always beneficial to have a notebook so you can write things down and not forget any of the responsibilities that you have at work.

5. Socialize

Be sure to converse with your coworkers. Socializing will help construct proper relationships and also makes time go by faster.

6. Don’t Go To Work On An Empty Stomach

Nobody wants to sit in the office with an empty stomach. If you are hungry while you are working it will be hard to concentrate on the task at hand. Eat a big breakfast prior to taking on the work day so you can avoid any distractions. Here are some Café’s around New Jersey that offer delicious breakfast meals:

Jersey Girl Café, Hamilton

Beechwood Café, Jersey City

The Buttered Biscuit, Bradley Beach