How long after surgery will I be able to Jacuzzi? Im going for full tummy tuck and breast lift?
Swimming, Jacuzzi After Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift Surgery?
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Swimming/ Jacuzzi after tummy tuck and breast lift surgery.
Unless there is a complication with healing, the incisions are water-tight by 48 hours. At this point, there is no risk of incisional infection from a hot tub or pool. However, after a tummy tuck and breast lift procedure I prefer to leave surgical tape in place for 3 weeks and ask my patients not to soak the incisions until these have been removed.
Check with your chosen surgeon on their own preferences and follow their guidlines.
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You should at least avoid swimming pools for 4 weeks after tummy tuck and breast augmentation. However if incisions are not completely healed you should wait longer. Wait at least two weeks after complete healing. Hot juccusis are to be avoided for 3-4 months. It is because stomach skin is numb after tummy tuck and hot water can cause scalding. Lake waters are not as clean as pool water and should be avoided at least for six weeks after surgery.
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Swimming, jacuzzi after tummy tuck and breast lift surgery?
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Allow for At Least 6 Weeks to Resume Swimming Following Abdominoplasty & Breast Lift
Patients are eager to return to normal activity as soon as possible following abdominoplasty and breast lift surgery. Unfortunately, returning to normal activity too soon can potentially result in an increased potential for complications.
Swimming and spending time in the Jacuzzi are both activities that could potentially have negative consequences if resumed too soon. Theoretically, once the skin edges have sealed in about 48 hours following surgery, these activities can be resumed. In reality, many patients have drains in place for three weeks or longer. In addition, small absorbable interrupted sutures may break through the skin and become exposed. In this situation, infection could occur in a patient who is submerged in a Jacuzzi, pool, pond, or ocean. Each of these environments may have unique and in many cases antibiotic resistant bacteria that could lead to a significant infection.
In addition, we generally don’t recommend resumption of strenuous activities for at least six weeks following abdominoplasty. Swimming can create significant strain on the core muscles of the abdomen and should therefore be avoided in the immediate post-operative period.
Finally, the abdomen and breast may not have normal sensation immediately after surgery. This can potentially lead to burn and scald type injuries from a hot Jacuzzi.
It’s important to remember that every patient’s procedure and post-operative course is unique. For these reasons, make sure you consult your plastic surgeon before getting into the water.
Unless there is a problem with healing all incisions are watertight in 24-48 hrs. However I do not recommend swimming or jacuzzi so early time after surgery. There are many other organisms in this water that are harmful and to be superinfected with a strange bug after all of this effort does not make sense. Better to be a little more conservative for this short period of time.
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I advise my patients to avoid submerging themselves in water until their incisions are completely sealed. This usually takes at least 3-6 weeks, depending on how well you are healing. You can potentially get a wound infection if you soak in contaminated water (pools, jacuzzis, etc) and your incision isn't completely healed. And of course, it's best to follow up with your plastic surgeon and listen to his/her advice.
I hope that helps and wish you all the best!
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