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How Long Before a Full Tummy Tuck Before I Can Enter a Swimming Pool?

How Long Before a Full Tummy Tuck Before I Can Enter a Swimming Pool?

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Pools and tummy tucks

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Thank you for your post. In general, your incisions need to be perfect, all drains removed and the drain site healed perfect, and the muscle repair needs to be mature with no areas of fluid collection. If the incisions are not perfect, or drain site, then you are at risk of infection in pools, hot tubs, oceans/lakes. You don't have to have perfect incisions to shower, just not submerge in bath or the above. However, I ask my patients to wear their abdominal binder non-stop, except for showers, for at least 4 weeks, so unless you want to hang out at the beach with your binder, then no beach.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD


Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after a TT surgery

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We conduct all of our patients that have a TT surgery that they can resume strenuous activities such as exercising and entering a pool 4-6 weeks after surgery. Although you may feel that you are 100% back to normal capability of doing so, you still do not want to overdo it and wait the minimum of 4 weeks. Please keep in mind and make that all your incisions are completely closed before doing so.

Leonard Hochstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 87 reviews

Swimming after TT

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You should go with your surgeon's recommendation. In general your incisions should be well healed before you submerge. As for swimming or any other strenuous activity you should probably wait at least 4-6 weeks following TT.

Todd C. Case, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming pool post tummy tuck

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I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks after a tummy tuck. Swimming can be a very strenuous activity.   Remember, you don't want to hurt your results or precipitate healing problems.  Best of luck.

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Swimming after Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Thank you for your question.

It is very important that all of your incision lines are completely healed prior to you going into any type of "still water" such as a pool, jacuzzi, lake or ocean.  The reason is because we want to make sure you don't have an opening that will allow something to get in and cause an infection.

Generally, in my practice, this time frame is 4-6 weeks post op surgery.

Best Wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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