Full TT 4 Weeks Before Vaca Too Soon?

My husband and I have a paid trip to Cancun Jan 13th and I want to do my TT on Dec 15th because I have time off work (I work at a college so we have 3 weeks off for winter break). This gives me exactly 4 weeks before we leave for vacation. Will I be miserable on vacation? If I elect not to do the TT, I will have to wait until December 2011.

Doctor Answers 22

Tummy Tuck 4 Weeks Before Vacation In Cancun Is Risky

Thank you for your question. Most patients recover satisfactorily to carry on her normal daily activities after 4 weeks post-tummy tuck surgery. However going on vacation to Cancun you want to feel your best and feel normal and be able to swim and engage in the various activities on your vacation. My advice if you were my patient would be to plan a 6 week recovery before doing foreign travel and engaging and vigorous activity.

Vacation 4 Wks After Tummy Tuck

That's really cutting it close.   I would tell you to go enjoy your vacation and plan for a tummy tuck later.   However, if you plan to just relax and not swim or do any strenuous activity, it may be OK.  Talk to your plastic surgeon.

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 209 reviews

Tummy tuck candidate

Recovery after a tummy tuck is usually 2weeks so you should be OK unless you experience some delayed healing, complications. There will definitely still be swelling and the scar will not look that great but you should be able to do most everything. Consult with your plastic surgeon though. Watch my You Tube videos

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Time off for tummy tuck

Patients 4 weeks after tummy tucks are typically back to work and doing mild aerobic exercise.  They are by no means fully recovered.

So if your vacation consists of splashing around in the water a little and drinking Mai Tai's, you should typically be fine.  However, if parasailing and scuba diving are on your list, you will want to postpone your surgery.

Patients generally feel OK doing more strenuous exercise after 6-8 weeks.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 177 reviews

Vacation at 4 weeks

4 weeks is a little too early in my opinion. You should keep physical activities to a minimum for at least six weeks after surgery to minimize risks. But, if you must, it could be possible with clearance from your surgeon.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Should be okay

If you aren't doing any rigorous physical activity during your vacation and take it easy, then it should be okay. You should wait at least 6 weeks before doing any strenuous activities, though. However, please ask your surgeon for their advice.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

TT and VACA? Swimming?

Thank you for your post. In general, your incisions need to be perfect, all drains removed and the drain site healed perfect, and the muscle repair needs to be mature with no areas of fluid collection. If the incisions are not perfect, or drain site, then you are at risk of infection in pools, hot tubs, oceans/lakes. You don't have to have perfect incisions to shower, just not submerge in bath or the above. However, I ask my patients to wear their abdominal binder non-stop, except for showers, for at least 4 weeks, so unless you want to hang out at the beach with your binder, then no beach.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

TT recovery

I would recommend waiting.  You may not be very comfortable on vacation and if a complication shoul occur, then you may have minor dressing changes to do on vacation which would also be uncomfortable and possibly unsanitary.

Samer W. Cabbabe, MD, FACS
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Traveling after a Tummy Ttuck

It would be risky to go on vacation only 4 weeks after Tummy Tuck surgery. You should be wearing a compression garment for 6 weeks. If you are going to Cancun I would assume that you would want to wear a bathing suit and partake in water activities. I would recommend that you see if you can postpone your trip so that you can really enjoy your vacation when you are more fully healed.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Recovery Time after tummy Tuck

The last thing you want to do is spend all of the time on vacation being unable to fully participate as you recover from a fairly major operation.  Even though the name tummy tuck sound cute and easy, it is a real hit to your abdomen and we use our abdomen in almost every movement we make.  The abdomen is either stabilizing us as we do something with our arms, or it is helping to propel us forward while we walk, reach or run.  A vacation that is focused on healing an operation does not sound like a great way to spend your time or money.  My advice is to wait on the operation or move the vacation.  Give yourself 6 weeks between surgery and vacation at least.

Jay Calvert, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

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