Before your body heals, strenuous activity or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. How long patients should restrict their activity during recovery varies, based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavier activity, such as yoga, aerobics, cycling, running, and heavy lifting, is allowed two weeks after the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed six weeks after surgery.