It depends on whether your incisions healed well and on time and also whether or not you had repair of any diasthesis (muscle tightening). You can be in the water as early as 3 weeks and swimming with exertion at 6 weeks.
How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Go Swimming?
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Exercise after tummy tuck
I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity (no exercise) for 4 to 6 weeks after tummy tuck. After six weeks, I encourage patients to slowly resume exercise routines *gradually*. Remember, during the six week postoperative period - you will be deconditioned. I do prepare patients do notice some increased swelling once exercise is resumed. Over the next several weeks, this post-exercise edema will no longer manifest. Exercise itself will not help reduce this swelling. If swelling manifests during your workout routine, you may benefit from use of compression garments. But please check with your surgeon with respect to his/her specific recommendations. Enjoy your results!
Swimming after tummy tuck
You should follow your plastic surgeon's postop regimen. Each of us has a different approach. However, I advise my patients to refrain from swimming for at least 6 weeks. Swimming pools, despite chemicals, are notorious places to pick up infections!
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When you can go swimming in the ocean, community pool or lake is from 4 - 6 weeks. This can vary depending upon how your incison is healing.
Swimming after tt
Most surgeons differ on timing of return to exercise after tt or any other surgery for that matter. Every surgeon will think he/she knows best! I am delighted to inform you that everyone else is wrong and obviously I am right!! Ha! I generally advise my tt patients to avoid such exercise of sustained emersion in a pool or a tub until 6 weeks postop. I do advise showers from day 1 postop!
When Can You Swim after Tummy Tuck?
This answer is really up to your plastic surgeon and his/her recommendations. In my experience, every plastic surgeon has their own post operative ideas about what limitations should be after surgery. Even my partner and I have differing opinions about this and we work in the same office! I let my patients shower 2 days after surgery, get into a pool or bath after the drains are out, and they can actively swim 6-8 weeks after surgery. Good luck.
Swimming after tummy tuck
You should ask your plastic surgeon's preference and clearance on this. You may be allowed to submerge your body under water after 3 weeks; but you should not be swimming for about 6 weeks postop. Make sure that your plastic surgeon examines you prior to swimming.
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