I'm looking for advice on heavy lifting. 16 weeks post op. Can I injure my tummy tuck at this stage of my healing?
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Recovering from a Mommy Makeover & Caring for Others
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
Healing after a #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. I allow my patients to return to work at one to two weeks with 14 days preferred. However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks.
As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain.
Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.
As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.
Mommy Makeover - Post-Op Heavy Lifting?
Post op exercise
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All the best,
Heavy lifting after a mommy makeover.
Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift , Tummy Tuck, Mommy Make-over
After you have completely healed from a tummy tuck procedure you can absolutely body build. Your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will guide you through the healing process and tell you each step of the way what is safe and when. After you are completely healed and ready to work out again, the more in shape you become the better the results should look. Be careful to closely follow your surgeon’s recommendations after the procedure and listen to your bodies signals as well. If the stomach muscles are also tightened you will be restricted for an amount of time before you should do heavy lifting or strong core workouts.
Again, sk your Surgeon who is following you these questions.
4 months post op, some advices:
At this point (4months post-po) the swelling have to be minimal.
To reduce it, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
If after six months post-op, I recommend you send us your photos, to give you more information about how we can solve this problem.
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I'm looking for advice on heavy lifting. 16 weeks post op. Can I injury my tummy tuck at this stage of my healing?
4 months post op
Resuming full activity after surgery.
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