After a tummy tuck procedure, it is important to follow the postoperative guidelines of your board-certified plastic surgeon. The rate limiting step after a tummy tuck is whether or not the muscle (rectus abdominis diastasis) was repaired. Many patients heal quickly after a tummy tuck and are ready to return to activity, but they often must wait if their muscle repair was extensive. Most patients gradually increase their activity levels in two week intervals during the first 6 weeks. You do not want strain the abdominal muscles during this time! At 6 weeks postop, you should not have any limitations. Every person does heal at their own pace, and you may heal quicker than others. It is essential that you slowly increase activity while listening to your body. If you feel pulling, stretching, discomfort, or pain, decrease your activity. Consult your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding his or her recommendations for you. Good luck in your recovery!
Just had a tummy tuck with muscle repair, can I do stomach crunches at the gym?
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Tummy Tuck Recovery
Talk to your surgeon. I am somewhat lenient but ask that ab work wait for about 4 to 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. Check with your surgeon's preference. Best wishes.
Crunches after Tummy Tuck
I hope this helps :)
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Thank you for your question.I would recommend you consult with your surgeon seeing as they are the person who knows your background, medical history and exactly what they performed during your operation. Every patient recovers differently and at different speeds but I tell my patients to wait, at minimum, six weeks before easing back into their regular fitness routine. However, realize that your body may require some time to return to prior strength. I hope this helps.
Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS
Limitations after surgery
However, the only person who should be dictating your postoperative instructions and limitations is the surgeon who performs the procedure. Only he/she knows your background, your specific case, the surgical maneuvers planned and performed, etc. While we online consultants aim to help as much as possible, it is not appropriately that we be dictating any aspect of the postoperative care for a patient with whom we are not familiar, nor have even met.
So, just to be safe, check with your surgeon.
Best of luck! Dr. Subbio
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Newtown Square/Philadelphia, PA