How long before I can resume normal activities and exercise after a TT?
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Recovery after tummy tuck
When can I exercise?
It is best to ask your plastic surgeon when you can resume certain activities and start working out as she/he knows you best. Although the 24th seems like a long time away, in the setting of your body healing it is not that long of a time. My general recommendations for resuming activity after a tummy tuck with or without liposuction is 6 weeks. That remains my recommendation if a patient has a seroma as long as the seroma has resolved as it should. I want my patients to get back to their activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle as soon as possible but I also want them to heal from a big surgery so they can get the best result as possible. The body is going to build up 80% of the strength of the scarring by 6-8 weeks. This includes the scarring you see on the surface but also includes the scarring occurring underneath the skin. After 6-8 weeks it is hard to "damage" the results of your surgery by resuming physical activities. Be sure to resume your activities at a slower pace and gradually work back up to the level you were before. Again, wait for your plastic surgeon's advice.
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