Resume Activities after Facelift?

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Question to all of you out there: How long before I can run, cycle or swim again? I was extremely active prior to my surgery (now post 5 days). I feel great, no bruising, but some swelling. The rubber band feeling is minimal, too. I'm getting anxious waiting to resume my normal activities. My surgeon is suggesting a month, but it seems like a long time to me.
What is everyone else's experience?


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Much depends on your overall fitness level of course, but the issue is not exhaustion, it's raising your blood pressure...they just don't want ANYTHING that gets that blood pressure pumped....including bending over, pulling weeds, scrubbing floors, whatever. I know you are antsy, but you should be able to take good long walks at 2 weeks. You paid a lot for this...in dollars and discomfort....so err on the side of caution.
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I just started back yesterday with a very light routine in comparison to what I was used to doing. I had my surgery four weeks ago. Today, I am wondering if I shouldn't wait a little longer to get back to exercising regularly. My neck is very sore today. You really don't want to take the risk of undoing what your surgeon just did.
Sounds like you are doing very well. That's good. Be patient, you'll be exercising again before you know it.~Prissy~
Age 50 ~ Monday, May 29, 2006 ~ FL/Necklift, Lower Blep, CO2 Laser, Endoscopic Browlift, Earlobe Red, Scar Rev, and Rhinoplasty ~
Lipo on April 13, 2007 Abs/(i/o )Thighs/Back


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Welcome Candale you have come to thje right place...... You must give yourself time to heal, all may look good on the outside but whats happening on the inside?
You should give yourself at least 4 weeks, you don't want to undo all that has just been done, so sit back and relax, the time will soon pass.
Chez x


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Thanks for all the replies thus far. Yes, you are all correct in that I spent a lot of money with this surgery and I don't want to mess anything up. It's difficult to sit back, though, after exercising on a daily basis and even competing in a triathlon a week prior to my surgery.
I have to say I think the surgery was so worth it. I still have swelling as I mentioned but the results thus far are fabulous. I can't tell you how excited I am! Now I am dreaming into the future and wondering what the next procedure might be down the road. Probably a tummy tuck. I imagine the recovery time will be much LONGER for that though, yes?


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Yes that's what I was thinking of perhaps a tummy tuck upper arms etc., Its addictive Ha fancy getting addicted to having yourself chopped up and sewn back together again
Chez x


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Candale, I was not aware of how much pounding your face takes from running, until my PS mentioned it to me. I was told to wait months before jogging, running, because the underlying tissue need to repair itself. Check with your PS...they all have different opinions. Good luck in your recovery.


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Thank you for your comment and suggestion, robynne.
Quite honestly, running is my least favorite sport and I wouldn't mind at all if my PS told me to wait awhile on that one -- it's so hot here in FL right now anyway. I will certainly discuss it with my PS when I have my stitches removed tomorrow. Cycling and swimming the sports I am anxious to get back to, for sure!


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Candale,
The tummy tuck, I hear, isn't as hard to recover from as a /mmh/product/facelift/index.vm?procid=7" target=_blank>facelift, but I am sure that's as individual as we are. From what I read here on the boards, it seems like it would be a breeze in comparison. I have a friend that just had one. She had C-sections years ago and had to have extensive muscle repair. She isn't too good with pain and I really worried about how she was going to do with her recovery. She bounced back almost immediately. She had a daily exercise routine and stayed very fit before the surgery. I bet that's what made the difference for her. But even with that type of surgery, you have to wait for a good six weeks or so before you get back to a routine.~Prissy~
Age 50 ~ Monday, May 29, 2006 ~ FL/Necklift, Lower Blep, CO2 Laser, Endoscopic Browlift, Earlobe Red, Scar Rev, and Rhinoplasty ~
Lipo on April 13, 2007 Abs/(i/o )Thighs/Back


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Hey Gals,
Let me see if I get this right. We do the lift, lipo, /mmh/product/eyelidsurgery/index.vm?procid=6" target=_blank>eyes, etc so our face will look good and then we have a Dr that tells us no exercise so that our bodies go to pot and then we have to have more ps to get rid of the fat we accumulated during our face recovery. Correct?
I knew there was a reason I was going to love starting this procedure.
LOL. I've been exercising for years to try and fight blasted gravity and while I am laid up all that fat I've been sweating away is going to have a field day w/my bod. Now I see why some women go in and get everything done at once.
Seriously - thanks everyone for the heads up on the exercise issue. I will push myself like crazy before hand so that I won't miss it so much during the recoup period.
Bobbi


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Hey Bobbi~
Too bad the "no exercise" recommendations aren't for life! Even if we go in and have everything done, the arms still get flabby, or the calves won't have definition, or fat is going to settle somewhere it's never been before on our bodies! Soooo...we aren't completely off the hook. Just another thing to make us obsess and fret over.
Oh well, what else do I have to do these days?~Prissy~
Age 50 ~ Monday, May 29, 2006 ~ FL/Necklift, Lower Blep, CO2 Laser, Endoscopic Browlift, Earlobe Red, Scar Rev, and Rhinoplasty ~
Lipo on April 13, 2007 Abs/(i/o )Thighs/Back


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Wow, recovery time for a tummy tuck is quicker, you think??? That is great news! I talked to only one person about it and she told me I'd never be the same again after a TT! She said I'd never be able to (fully) do sit-ups again, that anything involving my ab area would be super painful afterwards and it would take a very long time to recover. I took what she said lightly but enough that I figured I'd better do more research on it before deciding. This friend has never had any PS but she said she knew of others that did have a tuck.
Can I tell you how happy I am that I found this site for my research?


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Barley, you might be surprised that you may not gain weight during your recovery. The body uses lots of energy to heal itself. Again, after facelift you usually can't chew vigorously right away, then when you can eat, your mouth will only open enough to take small bites. Nature sort of takes care of the gaining weight.
Now, if one doesn't take a lot of "small" bites of donuts, ice cream, and cake all during the day, we are usually okay maintaining weight. Have to say icecream melts nicely in your mouth, and does taste yummy while healing.


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This questions seems one of the most mysterious for me. I was in good shape before fl in Nov. My Dr said to give it 4 weeks though his nurse kind of whispered maybe to give it a little more time. I waited 8 weeks. I felt fine but after a dance class things felt twitchy and twingy and by ten weeks I noticed bad neck wrinkles, vertical crepey neck wrinkles. But my dr said just "go slow". for me, that was like "get a little pregnant." I did not stop really. I think I should have. It's hard to "go more slowly" in dance.
Now I am about to have a "revision." Not sure to what extent. And I really don't know how long to wait but I plan to be a lot more cautious and conservative-- just the stretches and bending-- things that don't look that strenuous-- seem to pull and make feelings of pressure.
I remember I just ignored someone's advice to wait two years for ballet. I thought I couldn't do that and I think I couldn't but I could feel something I was doing was not good. Stretching and jumping and reaching and straining, in other words, almost everything to do with dance. So I am going to (try) to trust my body this time.
I had an easy recovery, a lot of bruising but no swelling== I'm thin and could use a little swelling--but no complications but I feel I sabotaged my nice neck. The doctor disagrees but it seems more than coincidence that these wrinkly vertical things came two weeks into dance and I always "felt" it
I had been used to 6 or 7 ballet classes a week so it is really hard to wait it out!
sienna


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I am thin also and have seen the return of vertical crepey neck lines. I wonder if thats just coincidence
Shirley
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