You can keep your tummy looking tight and toned if you exercise after a tummy tuck. Having an effective exercise regimen in place after your tummy tuck is one of the best ways to avoid negatively affecting your results by gaining weight. However, it’s important to avoid doing too much, too soon since this can do more harm than good. It is important to follow all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions. Everybody responds differently to surgery, so you will get individualized recommendations. Here’s what to expect from getting back into your exercise regimen after your tummy tuck.
What to do During the First 24 Hours
Immediately following surgery, it’s important to have a family member or friend with you at home to keep an eye on you and make sure you have everything you need. You’ll be unable to lift or do your normal tasks, so you should have someone who can help you with children, pets, and chores. You should rest as much as possible during this time.
The First One or Two Weeks After Surgery
You will likely have to wear a compression garment for four to six weeks after surgery. This will help reduce swelling. It will also help you get better results by keeping the skin adhered to the new contours. You may be able to walk short distances shortly after your procedure is over. If you do not have a physically demanding job, then you will likely be able to go back to work within 2-3 weeks.
Exercise Routine at Three or Four Weeks
You can resume light exercise at three or four weeks after surgery. Recumbent cycling and walking are some of the best exercises during this time because they are light impact and can simply help get your blood flowing. Avoid weight training, sit-ups, and anything that is really strenuous. Be sure and let Dr. Kayastha know you plan to begin light exercise again.
Four to Six Weeks After Your Tummy Tuck
You can resume normal exercise at low-intensity levels. However, it is important to watch out for pain. Low-intensity exercises include things such as walking, recumbent cycling, light weight lifting, and water aerobics.
Six to Eight Weeks After Your Tummy Tuck
You will likely be able to do any type of aerobic exercise at this point, including running. You can also incorporate strength training in your exercise regimen. However, you should check in with Dr. Kayastha before fully returning to your exercise regimen.
Have Post-Op Questions?
Exercise is an important part of your recovery. However, it’s important to follow instructions and listen to your body at every step so you can maintain great results and remain risk-averse. To begin planning your tummy tuck or ask questions about what to expect, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.