Can I go back to the gym? What can I start with? (photos)
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Exercsing after tummy tuck
Hope this helps,Dr. Newall
Back to the gym after tummy tuck? I recommend 6 weeks
I recommend that my patients wait 6 weeks to return to the gym and physical activities such as sex. The most common complication after an abdominoplasty is a seroma (fluid collection under the skin) and if your tissues are shifting and moving too much then they can't "get glued back together" by the healing process and this fluid can build up. Also, when incisions are repaired they actually get weaker for the first 3 weeks and then from week 4 through 6 start to regain their strength. By week 6 (6 weeks after surgery) they are back to 70% of final wound strength. So if you return to the gym or significant activity too soon your incision could open up, your scars could stretch and widen, and your muscle repair could pull apart. I also have my patients avoid heavy core exercise (abdominals) for 6 months to avoid stretching out their muscle repair. Walking right after surgery is fine, but you want to avoid any twisting or strain of the abdominal area- again, I recommend for 6 weeks based on studies of wound healing and my experiences over the past 26 years.
After a tummy tuck procedure, it is important to follow your activity restrictions for the first 6 weeks. I inform my patients that during the first 6 weeks, your activity recovery will be limited and spaced into three 2-week intervals. This 6 week plan allows you to gradually increase your activity, but it is also necessary to listen to your body! Let pain or discomfort be your guide during the recovery period. If you feel pulling, stretching, discomfort, or pain, it is a sign that you need to decrease your activity. At 6 weeks, you have no limitations and can return to your normal exercise routine. Consult with your board-certified plastic surgeon regarding his or her activity regimen after surgery. He or she is truly your best resource for your postoperative care. It is essential to follow postoperative instructions to ensure proper healing and your continued satisfaction with your results. Good luck in your recovery!
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1 month post op, some advices:
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.
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