Mommy makeover planned for Apr 29th and trip to Mexico one month later. Will I be able to swim (or at least get in the water) by then?
Can I Swim 4 Weeks After a Mommy Makeover?
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Swimming 4 weeks after a Mommy Makeover
A Mommy Make-Over is an umbrella term describing a group of operations performed to reverse the damages to a woman's body by pregnancy(ies). It encompasses any of a combination of Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation with or without a lift, among others.
As regards the 4 week recovery deadline, I think you may be shaving it too close. Such a target deadline is possible but far from assured and would depend on a smooth recovery free of potential complications. Six to 8 weeks would be a more realistic forecast for several such procedures.
Hope it all works great for you.
Dr. P. Aldea
Mommy makeover recovery
Yes. You will be able to swim and wear a bikini. However, scars may not mature at one month postoperatively.
Water activities and swimming after mommy makeover
Generally by 4 weeks after mommy makeover surgery, all incisions are healed and you should be able to get into the water.
Your breasts and especially abdomen may feel tight, however. I, therefore, recommend swimming at a very slow pace and do not push yourself if you feel uncomfortable.
Most importantly, however, is to avoid any sun exposure to your surgery areas. It will take at least 6-12 months for the blood supply to your abdomen to return to normal. Therefore, even a minor sun burn in one part of your body may result in a full-thickness burn on your abdomen. This may require skin grafting and will obviously result in a poor cosmetic result.
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Swimming After Mommy Makeover
If your mommy makeover includes a tummy tuck, most plastic surgeons will recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks after your procedure. If your incisions are healing very well, then at four weeks you will likely be cleared to get into the pool. But no swimming. Talk to your plastic surgeon. Have fun on your trip.
Swimming after a Mommy Makeover
When it is most appropriate to resume physical activity like swimming will depend on the details of your Mommy Makeover and your surgeon's preferred techniques...
Generally speaking, if you are having a tummy tuck with muscle tightening, I would not want you swimming for 6 weeks after surgery.
Your best bet, however, is to discuss this with your surgeon- they are the only one who will have the complete understanding of the procedure you will have necessary to completely answer your question.
Cutting it close for sun drenched pool vacation one month after mommy makeover
IT is possible that you will be able to get in the water but it depends on the extent of the procedures performed and an uneventful recovery. In any case it will be close and you should be avoiding sun exposure. It may be truly difficult to enjoy that vacation.
Abdominoplasty involves a recovery period of 10 to 14 days longer than most plastic surgical procedures. Initial discomfort and decreased mobility is typical. To decrease this discomfort, we offer a long acting local anesthetic. This numbing injection solution (Exparel) which lasts for 3-4 days allows for an easier recovery and is preferable to older pain pump technology.
3-5 days or more of assistance at home is usually indicated. We can arrange for a nurse to stay with you if helpful.
You will be encouraged to move and walk regularly starting the day of surgery. Wearing your TED stockings at all times, except while washing, to prevent venous clots (deep vein thrombosis) is mandatory.
Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. No sports or heavy lifting for 6 weeks or more – please discuss with your doctor for specific questions.
Swimming after a Mommy Make Over
The physical act of swimming also needs to be considered. After a full abdominoplasty and especially one that includes muscle tightening it is best to refrain from activities that stress the core for at least eight weeks.
Very often swimming is performed outdoors in a bathing suit that might not cover parts of the body involved in the Mommy Make Over. Very often these areas are numb or have reduced feeling for several months. Because of the decreased sensation there is a greater chance of a serious sunburn which can cause irreversible scarring.
Swimming following mommy makeover
Best of luck,
Swimming after MM
Pablo Prichard, MD
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