Swimming at Beach or Pool After a Tummy Tuck

How Long after a tummy tuck can you swim at beach or pool. I am sure the incision will have to be healed completly but just wondering. Can you go to the beach and just not swim? I have my TT scheduled for 6/27 and i live 10 minutes from the beach.

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How long to swim after a tummy tuck?

I agree with the other surgeons. As I no longer use drains and I dress the wounds with dermabond, the wounds are essentially water tight. In these cases I am comfortable to allow my pateints to immerse in still water (properly chlorinated pool, bath) after 2 weeks. I would not recommend sea water til at least three weeks.

Stony Brook Plastic Surgeon
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Typically, a patient will need 4 weeks before swimming, but this time frame can change on a case by case basis. Patients can go to the beach before then but should prevent ocean water from going anywhere near the incisions and sun exposure should be limited.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Going to beach after abdominoplasty surgery

Hi Rosalita,

Sure you can go to the beach after your TT surgery, just not let the ocean water get anywhere near your incision until it is completely healed. By this I mean no gaps, scabs, or drainage of any kind. Ocean water contains extremely harmful bacteria that can actually cause the dreaded 'flesh eating bacteria', so please be careful. Of course, always check with your PS to make certain your wound has healed enough to go dipping in any sort of body of water. Take care,

Dr. H

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming After Tummy Tuck

Swimming after surgery should generally be avoided until all the wounds are healed. This usually means three to four weeks after surgery. It's Ok to shower during this time but we don't want your incisions under water until all the incisions have closed completely. It's Ok to go to the beach during this time but not under water. We also ask patients not use hot tubs or saunas two weeks before and after surgery. Sometimes saunas and hot tubs have bacteria which, if they get on your skin, can interfere with the healing process.

Frank Lista, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after tummy tuck

Follow your surgeon's advice.  There are several elements to consider;  Getting into calm water probably OK about two to three weeks after procedure when drains are out and skin healed.  Getting into ocean waves and swimming for exercise involves much more movement of musculofascial anatomy that has been rearranged, and therefore, should heal at the structural level before applying stress.  This means collagen deposition and fibroplasia, which occurs over months. My advice is to be safe, and listen to your body.  Pain is a warning sign, listenand obey.  Anything you do that hurts is a signal to rest, or proceed with caution.  Of course, any and all instructions from your surgeon supersedes any and all advice you get here.

Steve Laverson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after tummy tuck/abdominoplasty

If you want to take a dip in a chlorinated pool, all drains must be out and the incisions well healed. For the ocean, probably best not to venture into the water for 4-6 weeks. Why?  I treat tummy tuck patients like hernia repair patients (if they have muscle repair). If you slip or twist too much/too fast you may disrupt the muscle repair and get an unsightly bulge. All swimming puts you around slippery surfaces, so be careful. ALSO, the skin on the abdomen is frail and more susceptible to burning (like a facelift). So be very cautious about getting sun on it. Best of luck to you. 

James E. Chappell, MD
Annapolis Plastic Surgeon
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When can use women after tummy tuck?

Swimming or getting wet after surgery is something that you will have to discuss with your plastic surgeon.  Each plastic surgeon will have a slightly different postoperative regimen.


While the incision itself in tummy tuck is usually water sealed in about 48 hours most surgeons, if they use a drain would not let you swim until the train comes out.

The incision is only part of the story.  In tummy tuck a skin that has been elevated from the abdominal wall and pulled tight needs a chance to stick down once again in its new location.  If the skin does not stick down you can develop what is known as A seroma a cavity.

In my own practice I usually like to see about one are two weeks of a flat abdomen with no fluid collections before I allow my patients to swim or liberalize their activity.  This can vary from anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks in most cases.

Be sure to check in asker plastic surgeon his or her preferences.  Best wishes.

Adam Tattelbaum, MD
Washington DC Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

Swimming after tummy tuck

Swimming is strenuous activity.  I do not recommend any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks after a tummy tuck.  Please talk to your PS about his/her recommendations.

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


How long after a tummy tuck you can go swimming will depend on the type of tummy tuck and on your recovery.  If all goes well in terms of healing, most patients can start swimming at 4 weeks or later.  Most of the reason for this is the need to wear a compression garment for about 4 weeks.  If you heal uneventfully you may feel comfortable swimming lightly at around 4 weeks but for most patients this would still be pushing it.


All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Swimming after Tummy Tuck?

You will find that your operating plastic surgeon will advise you regarding specific activities depending on how you are progressing after surgery. Best to follow his/her advice as opposed to online consultants'. Best wishes with your upcoming surgery.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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