How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Go Swimming?

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Activity after tummy tuck

It depends on whether your incisions healed well and on time and also whether or not you had repair of any diasthesis (muscle tightening).  You can be in the water as early as 3 weeks and swimming with exertion at 6 weeks.

Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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Exercise after tummy tuck

I generally recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity (no exercise) for 4 to 6 weeks after tummy tuck. After six weeks, I encourage patients to slowly resume exercise routines *gradually*. Remember, during the six week postoperative period - you will be deconditioned. I do prepare patients do notice some increased swelling once exercise is resumed. Over the next several weeks, this post-exercise edema will no longer manifest. Exercise itself will not help reduce this swelling.  If swelling manifests during your workout routine, you may benefit from use of compression garments.   But please check with your surgeon with respect to his/her specific recommendations.  Enjoy your results!

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after tummy tuck

You should follow your plastic surgeon's postop regimen.  Each of us has a different approach. However, I advise my patients to refrain from swimming for at least 6 weeks.  Swimming pools, despite chemicals, are notorious places to pick up infections!

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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When to go swimming after an abdominoplasty

When you can go swimming in the ocean, community pool or lake is from 4 - 6 weeks.  This can vary depending upon how your incison is healing. 

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after tt

Most surgeons differ on timing of return to exercise after tt or any other surgery for that matter. Every surgeon will think he/she knows best! I am delighted to inform you that everyone else is wrong and obviously I am right!! Ha! I generally advise my tt patients to avoid such exercise of sustained emersion in a pool or a tub until 6 weeks postop. I do advise showers from day 1 postop!

Sultan Hassan, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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When Can You Swim after Tummy Tuck?

This answer is really up to your plastic surgeon and his/her recommendations. In my experience, every plastic surgeon has their own post operative ideas about what limitations should be after surgery. Even my partner and I have differing opinions about this and we work in the same office! I let my patients shower 2 days after surgery, get into a pool or bath after the drains are out, and they can actively swim 6-8 weeks after surgery. Good luck.

Erez Sternberg, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after tummy tuck

You should ask your plastic surgeon's preference and clearance on this.  You may be allowed to submerge your body under water after 3 weeks; but you should not be swimming for about 6 weeks postop. Make sure that your plastic surgeon examines you prior to swimming.

Sugene Kim, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Go Swimming?

Thank you for the question Your plastic surgeon will be in the best position to guide you in regards to activity resumption after tummy tuck surgery. From the healing standpoint most patients are able to swim again starting 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. You will want all incision lines to be completely healed.  You will also want to be mostly pain-free and free from concern such as muscle spasm.
From the safety standpoint, much of the timing of returning to swimming will depend on exactly what you mean by “swimming”. For some people this means wading knee-high in shallow water;  for some people it may means swimming  long distances in choppy water.  For this reason, return to activities should be individualized and gradual.
In other words, start slow and "listen to your body" as you gradually progress in intensity/duration of exercise. Best wishes.   

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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After about a month

I generally advise patients avoid submerging themselves in water for at least 1 month after their surgery. However, please ask your surgeon as they may have different advice.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming and tummy tuck

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
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