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The Best Workouts for Maintaining Weight after Surgery

No matter what kind of surgery you are recovering from, you are probably starting to think (worry!) about maintaining your fabulous results. Will your new figure last? What can you do enhance it? Can working out after surgery actually help you heal faster? In fact, many people have contributed to the conversation on the best post-surgery workouts. Here are some of the highlights.

Keep in mind that not all of these exercises will be appropriate for every patient. Please make sure to consult your doctor to find out which are safe for your type of surgery.

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Cardio: Good for the Body, Good for the Mind

Regular cardio aerobic exercise can boost your energy levels, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep better, all of which increase healing power. When you are fresh out of surgery, just some simple walking is recommended. It decreases your chances of complications and aides the recovery process. After that, you can graduate to low impact water exercises like water aerobics or gentle swimming. If you enjoy the outdoors, hiking an easy trail (with lots of water and good sunscreen, sunglasses, and a visor) can be an enjoyable way to get your cardio in.

Here are some examples of how many calories you’ll burn for some typical bariatric workouts:

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Strength Training: Work Your Lean Muscle Mass

Strength training builds muscle, and muscle is magic! It keeps your metabolism moving at its strongest, which helps you burn calories. Weight training also keeps your bones strong and healthy. With strong bones and muscles, you can be more active and enjoy your life. When you start weight training, take it easy at first. Choose 1 to 5 pound weights, then gradually choose heavier weights until you can do 3 three sets of 15-20 reps easily. If you feel any pain, stop immediately and try a different exercise. Lunges and squats are also good for strength training and do not require any equipment. Neither do sit-ups, crunches, and other core exercises, which tone and shape the body and prevent future injuries.

Flexibility: Lengthening and Protecting

Flexibility training is important for so many reasons. In conjunction with the rest of your workout, it will lengthen your muscles, warm them up, and thus help protect you from injury. You can do some basic, mild stretching before your workout to warm up, but remember not to push it too far because your muscles will be cold and can strain easily. After the workout, when you are feeling sore or tight, stretching is also helpful to release tension and relax tired muscles.

When you are stretching, take each stretch slowly and hold it for ten seconds, making sure not to bounce to avoid injury. It can be good to feel a slight burn, but pull back if you feel any sharp pain.

Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

Make sure you are warming up and cooling down before and after all your post-surgery workouts. Warm up to get your heart pumping at a gentle pace and loosen muscles, which prevents injuries. Your warm-up should take approximately 5-10 minutes and can include light stretching, light jogging or walking, or jumping jacks. Keep it simple.

After your workout, make sure to spend 5-10 minutes cooling down to slowly reset your heart rate and breathing back to normal, which prevents dizziness. Working out also causes a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles, which can be bad for them and cause soreness and stiffness the next day. Walking and stretching help your body get rid of the lactic acid. Aim to gradually bring your body back from exercise pace to resting pace.

Bonus: Restorative Yoga

Some forms of yoga can be very strenuous and are not appropriate for post-surgical patients. But there is one form which seems almost specially designed for them, and that is restorative yoga. Restorative yoga focuses on resting poses using props such as pillows, bolsters, blankets, and blocks to facilitate relaxation. You may lie on the ground with your legs up the wall or twist on your side hugging a bolster in a specific way. This form of yoga initiates our parasympathetic nervous system, which is the “rest and restore” aspect of the autonomic nervous system that stimulates the body’s processes for restoration and recovery, including sleep and tissue repair. In fact, research suggests that restorative yoga can actually decrease healing time. Weather you have tried yoga before or not, this can be an excellent, gentle way to get your body moving after your surgery.

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What Causes Breast Asymmetry?

Breast asymmetry is actually a common problem for many women and occurs when the breast is different in form, position or volume. This is typically an issue for adolescent girls and the breasts usually even out in size as the girls grow into adulthood. However, sometimes the breasts remain uneven and women are left looking for options to correct this problem. Read on to discover your options if breast asymmetry is a challenge you face.

More Common Than You Think

To fully understand breast asymmetry, it’s important to understand the structure and basic anatomy of the breast itself. Breasts are made up of glands within the front of the chest wall. The average breast weighs between seven and 10 ounces and is composed of approximately 12 to 20 lobes that spread out from the nipple. Each lobe has one central duct that opens at the nipple, allowing women to lactate.

It’s also important to note that breast tissue can change with a women’s menstrual cycle. Many women feel their breasts are more sensitive when they ovulate, and this is actually due to water retention and additional blood flow.

While common with women, the specific cause of breast asymmetry is not fully known. Possible contributing factors include hormonal changes, as well as traumatic injuries. If a young girl suffers an injury to the breast bud, she can often develop asymmetry as she continues to develop.

There could be an underlying medical condition causing the asymmetry, such as non-cancerous fibroids. There is one rare but known medical condition, called juvenile hypertrophy, in which one breast grows significantly larger than the other, thus causing not just physical issues but psychological as well. It is usually treated with surgery.

Another rare medical condition causing breast asymmetry is called “Polands Syndrome.” This causes one breast to fail to grow because the tissues responsible for development are missing. This can also cause psychological issues, particularly in young girls, so surgery is often the best options. Other potential causes of breast asymmetry could include scoliosis or other deformities in the chest wall.

Importance of Breast Health

There is some research making the case that breast asymmetry is an indicator for an increase in breast cancer risk. This makes self exams, as well as regular mammograms and physician exams an important health plan to put into place, especially as a woman ages and her risk of breast cancer increases. WebMD has some excellent tips to maintain your breast health, including preventative care and the importance of monitoring changes as women age.

Breast Asymmetry Options

There are two options for breast asymmetry surgery: breast reduction or breast implants. You should check with a qualified professional to see which option is right for you. Depending on your current cup size or the cup size you desire, there is definitely a discussion to be had that examines the pros and cons of reduction verses implants.

Typically, potential patients have a variety of questions regarding breast asymmetry surgery options as well as general breast health. The team at Bella Health and Beauty combines decades of experience in not only women’s health but also cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Bella Health and Beauty is a specialized brand of high end cosmetic surgery, skin care and products that’s is pro developed and produced organically.

Dr. Sarwa Aldoori and Dr. Yakdan Alqaisi are available to guide you through the process and answer any questions.

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