How long until boating and sun exposure after a tummy tuck.
THe answer depends upon how you feel. If you are getting around easily without much pain or discomfort, then being on a boat in calm waters should be fine. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is always advised. If you are having difficulty getting up, still walking hunched over, or are needing pain medication, it's best to give yourself more time to heal.
How Long After TT Can You Go on a Boat and in the Sun?
So long as you are not doing anything exertional, you can get out on a boat whenever you feel up to it. If you are actively helping to sail, you will need about 6 weeks.
When out in the sun, keep the incisions covered with clothing, or with sun block of at least SPF30. It is said that if fresh scars tan they may remain dark permanently.
With six to eight weeks after surgery, you should be fully able to fully participate in all physical activites including swimming and boating. The tummy tuck scar should be protected from sun exposure with high SPF sunscreen for up to six months after surgery.
By six weeks after surgery, you should be able to resume your normal physical activities. As long as the scars are pink or red (perhaps 6-12 months) you should try to avoid sun exposure to the scars and use sun protection on the scars. If you're boating, consider putting zinc ointment (the white stuff life guards use on their nose) to protect the scars, or at a minimum apply sun screen hourly or every time you get out of the water.
For scar management, you should keep the incisions covered in the sun for at least 6 months, or until the scars have matured. We usually give the patients flesh colored tape for this. Also, use at good waterproof sunscreen for added protection.