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Back to Work After Tummy Tuck? 10 Quick Tips for Speedy Healing

  • 11 months ago

If you poke around for a sec in the RealSelf tummy tuck community, you're going to find glowing reviews of restored self-esteem and unbelievable before-and-after pics.

You'll also find getting that bikini-clad "after" can be challenging -- but having some "know how" ahead of time is half the battle.

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I am 4 weeks post-op. TT with lipo on my waist so it looks beautiful! ! I am so glad I didn't read any of this before or I might have chickened out. I was walking upright at 2weeks. Back to work at 2wks 3days. Tough at first. Skin next to incision numb. That's good. Sally Jane and Hotkiss are 100% right. Eat clean, exercise prior and 4 weeks later I am mostly ok. I have a hard time bending down and I do some walking but not too much.
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I am still wearing the spandex I bought for work 2 weeks ago. ..best investment ever.
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BTW, every time I look in the mirror I think to myself: This was sooooo worth it!!
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AWSESOME. I'm 4 1/2 weeks now and feeling AWESOME! So fun to buy new clothes in smaller sizes and CANNOT WAIT to get back in the gym and get the full results! I know that some people have complications but for the rest of us being in really good shape ahead of time and having realistic expectations (for example at 51 I do not expect to look like a 25 year old) are key.
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Hi ladies, I am 1 week post-op from TT with muscle repair (no lipo), and I'm handling it better than I thought I would. I attribute my easy recovery to a couple of things: 1) I kept myself very fit in the months leading up to the surgery. Switched my diet to healthy foods and exercised a few days a week. Nothing crazy (I can't work all day eating lettuce and then come home to 4 kids) but I made the best effort to be healthy. 2) my PS told me to start Arnica (an oral homeopathic treatment) 2 days before surgery and everyday until the swelling and bruising disappear. Arnica is derived from a plant, doesn't interfere with any of the other meds, and has been shown to reduce swelling/bruising. I bought it at Wholefoods and it was very cheap. 3) I have taken it VERY easy since coming home. I had my mom and husband take care of EVERYTHING, kids, meals, laundry, you name it. I basically get out of bed to go to the bathroom and walk around the house every hour for a few minutes, but THATS IT. I heard horror stories from women to rushed to get out of bed, and they all regretted not taking it slower. If any one has any questions, I would be happy to chat. Glad to be among ladies like me :)
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I am preparing just as you did for my TT in December. Hopefully my recovery goes just as well. Happy Healing.
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The stronger and more fit before the easier the recovery-at least seems true for me. I'm almost four weeks post and back to everything except lifting weights and running. Some swelling after walking more than a couple miles...
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That is great to hear. I will use that as motivation to get in the gym every day to prepare my body for the surgery.
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I am now 9 days post op, and for the first week I let hubby take on the entire household. And while I am not rushing to take back all the chores, I am attempting to do tasks around the house such as small loads of laundry, feeding the cats and loading the dishwasher. I don't do anything that pulls or stresses my abs, and I'm very careful. Hubby has to return to work on Monday, and I want to know I can take care of myself next week. I agree that the better shape you're in, the easier your recovery. Eat healthy and well, exercise regularly (include some weights in there!!) and get proper rest. Believe me, you will tank yourself in the long run.
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Hello all, I am Day 17 post op... going back to work on Monday (22nd)...feeling a bit nervous - I am still a bit tired, just took an hour nap! Sure going to miss resting when I feel like it, but hope to feel more with it after getting back to a normal routine. I work in an office and will definitely make sure I get up and walk away every hour. I stopped in yesterday to say hello and all said I look great :) I will miss my pups, my Rambo at my feet and my Lola laying behind my head.....
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I went back at day 14 which was a Thursday and only worked 7 hours TH/F. Went home both days and stayed put on the couch. By Monday I was fine and have worked all week this week and went for walk a couple days after work, met up w friends another day... I feel stronger every day. Best of luck!
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I'm feeling a little down tonite. I really hope whatever's going on with my tummy is just swelling. Everyone looks so great and I feel like I don't. My tummy is as hard as a rock tonite and so swollen. I walked 2 miles yesterday and today, maybe that's why??? I'm going to be 7 weeks post op Friday and a little discouraged.....I think my pics will be up tomorrow.
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This is normal for 7 weeks post op.  Any activity will put your body into a tailspin.   Hold on and know this will get easier. My swelling haunted me on and off for 7 months but did eventually go away.  
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Thank you Kimmers25 :-)
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You bet, I promise it will get easier.
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I am 5 weeks post op from my tt, I went to my follow up appointment yesterday and my Dr told me 4 more weeks before I can return to work. I take care of a quadrepalegic and I was expecting to be off for 6 weeks and I was shocked but I have to roll a 200 pound man around my job is physically demanding. My bank account is looking pretty empty. With the cost of the surgeries and the garments. I had a few unexpected expenses in there and I am really starting to worry. I had everything planned out and bills taken care of through October 10th and now I can't return to work until then. I am so excited about my new body and look but I can't think of anything but what I am going to do. What will I be eating, i am so stressed out right now I think I am bringing more pain on
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For tms001, I too didn't expect to be out for so long. One thing I did for myself was go on Weight Watchers because I was (and still am) scared of putting any weight back on, since I can't exercise the way I want. (so glad I did that) Also, I knew I'd go crazy sitting around the house eating only celery. I'm almost 4 months post, and I'm just now able to get around all day without wearing an abdominal binder!
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I actually was not over weight I just had 3 large babies my biggest 10 pounds 11 onces 26 inches long and I had a lot of loose skin. I am actually 5ft 10 inches and I did weigh 170 lbs but since my surgery I have lost 30 pounds and my Dr is kind of on me. I have sorta came back to work. I work for a quadrepalegic and I have been with him over 5 years. So I am doing little things and I take care of his finances so I am not totally losing it. But I am dropping weight like crazy and I am not trying to. I bought some shorts last week and I had to get a small. I have not seen a small in 30 years
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After work. I went shopping and bought a spandex to cover my tummy bottom and thighs.. I didn't attempt to wear the size medium and large I had... I went for comfort ... and got size 2X.. The $$$ was well worth it.
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2nd day back..the spandex helped cause it gave comfortable support for standing, and walking. . I was still glad when the day was over.
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3rd day.. the last 3hrs of work are toughest. ..
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Agreed!
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My post-op nurse was right. She said"you won't be able to walk much, you won't be able to stand for long, and you won't be able to sit for long. The day crawled by. I kept looking at the clock. I had support for my belly and hips which made the difference in moving around.
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I'm curious if I'd be able to work at the soonest possible time. That's why I've been taking a lot of protein rich food since I know it is essential for healing. Btw, I'll be having my TT next week in Manila by my surgeon Dr Rino Lorenzo. I can't wait to see the result. I'll keep you updated soon!
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Plan on taking 2-3 weeks off for sure.  If you can swing longer, please do.  Your body needs proper healing time.  Please consider starting your review in the community.  I sent a link to your private messages that will help you getting started.  
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