How long after a Tummy tuck do you have to wait before you take a shower?

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How long after a TT do you have to wait to shower?

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your surgery!  I would recommend asking this question of your surgeon as each of us will have their own respective post-surgical protocol for patient care.  It may depend on the presence of drains as well as any incision related issues.  In most cases patient's can shower 24-48 hours after surgery, allowing warm soapy water to run over their incisions and patting them dry when done.  Hope this helps.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your sugreon

Each surgeon has their own post operative protocols that differ. This questions should be address by your chosen surgeon.


Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Showering After Tummy Tuck

Each plastic surgeon has his or her own recommendations regarding showering after a tummy tuck, so it is best to ask your surgeon.  In my practice we recommend that patients wait about four to five days after surgery to shower. If you still have drains in at that time, it is important not to accidentally dislodge them while showering.  Best of luck. 

Laurence Weider, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Shower post TT

I usually let mu patients take a shower a couple of days post op.They pin their drain to say their panties,take a 5 minute shower or so then put on dry clothes their binder and away they go.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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When to Shower After a Tummy Tuck

This is something you should discuss with your surgeon. For my patients they are allowed to shower 24 hours after their drains have been removed. Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Showering after tummy tuck

Thanks for your inquiry.  In general if you have drains they need to be out for 24 hours, however even then some patients wounds are not ready for a shower. Please ask your plastic surgeon when is it okay.  Good Luck.  

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Shower after tummy tuck

In our practice we do not routinely use drains for a tummy tuck so we let our patients shower after 48 hours. Every surgeon has their own preference so you are best off following what your surgeon suggests. Best wishes 

Francisco Canales, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Showering After a Tummy Tuck #tummytuck

  • I allow my tummy tuck patients to shower 24 hours after their operation.
  • Each plastic surgeon has his/her own protocol for post-operative activities.

Joshua Cooper, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Ask your surgeon about showering after tummy tuck

Your surgeon will have given you specific instructions on tummy tuck after care. If showering was not discussed, please call their office and they will be happy to advise you based on their protocols.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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