I recently had a full tummy tuck in June, I'm in my two week post op and things are looking ok, still have some swelling though, So I have this trip in August to the beach and I was wondering if I would be able to wear a two piece bathing suit.
Can You Wear a Two-piece Bathing Suit Two Months After a Tummy Tuck?
Doctor Answers (5)
Protect new scars from sun exposure
It can take several months for a patient to recover from a tummy tuck, and this depends on the extent of correction and the patient.
Here are some tips to help your scar become less noticeable:
1. In order to avoid pulling the scar (which will be well hidden, located in the lower bikini line and groin), you’ll be instructed to walk with your back bent slightly forward.
2. During the recovery period the support garment and dressings should be removed before showering while the white tape (steri-strips) covering the incision should be left in place.
3. Baths must not be taken until all drains have been removed, the sutures surrounding the belly button have been removed and the incisions have mostly healed. This typically takes two weeks.
4. When the steri-strips have begun to curl at their edges they can be safely removed. At this point you will no longer need to cover your incisions with dressings and can begin to administer scar reducing products like silicone gel and sheeting.
Although I have provided this advice, you should listen to what your surgeon says as they may have different advice.
Two piece and tummy tuck
Pablo Prichard, MD
You should be able to wear two piece bathing suit after two months.
Majority of swelling will come down in 1-2 months. It may take two to three months to get the final contour from tummy tuck (with/without liposuction). You should be able to go on a vacation and wear a two-piece bathing suit.
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Your swelling should continue to go down but you can wear a bathing suit at any time. Watch my video.