Post-Cosmetic Surgery Recovery 101: How TCM Can Help
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Engaging in moderate physical activity can help your body recover from a cosmetic surgery procedure. However, exercising too soon after a procedure can provoke the onset of complications.
Read on to discover how to care for your body after surgery if you are choosing this route. In doing so, you may be able to accomplish your desired #bodygoals without suffering complications.
but Take it Slow
Physical activity promotes blood circulation and reduces swelling, thus helping your body recover completely. As a rule of thumb, refrain from exercising within 48 hours after a procedure.
If you have undergone liposuction, you can start exercising within three weeks after the procedure. Keep in mind that swelling can impair your range of movement. Avoid activities that put pressure on affected areas.
Start including jogging or abdominal exercises in your routine six weeks after surgery.
A procedure like a breast implant surgery requires more upper body rest. Refrain from weight training, push-ups, or other exercises that target your chest and back during the first four to six weeks after surgery. It’ll help lower the risk of overstressing your torso. However, you can start training your arms and lower body during this period.
Likewise, wait until after four weeks to resume cardiovascular exercises if you’ve undergone a facelift.
Say No to Smoking or Vaping!
In cosmetic surgery, a surgeon makes lateral incisions to enable a more accurate repositioning of tissue. The method also requires the severing of blood vessels. However, it’s only considered safe if you have healthy blood vessels.
Stay away from cigarettes after cosmetic surgery or quit smoking altogether. Do note that abstinence can provoke the onset of withdrawal symptoms, which may prolong over an unspecified duration.
Alternative Remedies that Support Recovery from Cosmetic Surgery
“A weak Spleen due to poor blood and qi circulation will prevent food from being digested and nutrients to be fully absorbed. Consequently, a person may experience
Because of this, TCM treatments post-surgery aim to speed up recovery by improving blood and qi circulation. In addition, it’ll help lower the risk of fluid accumulation in the skin, formation of keloids, and tissue damage.
Upon diagnosis, a TCM practitioner may recommend using astragalus (huang qi, 黄芪), atractylodes (bai zhu, 白术), and
They will usually suggest Chinese Angelica root (dang gui, 当归), Rehmannia (shu di, 熟地), and red dates (hong zao, 红枣) to nourish blood.
- 9 grams astragalus
- 3 pieces red dates, seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Place all ingredients in a kettle and pour in 800 millilitres of water. Boil for 20 minutes and enjoy.
Post-cosmetic surgery acupuncture treatment can accelerate the healing process by strengthening the organ systems and encouraging better blood and qi circulation. It’ll also induce a calming effect on the mind and body and fortify the immune system.
Proper healing after cosmetic surgery is necessary for an ideal outcome. Speak to a licensed TCM practitioner before supporting the recovery process with alternative remedies. It’ll lower the risk of complications and ensure that you use the right herbs for your unique body constitution.
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