Travel 5 Weeks After Abdominoplasty?

Can I have a full tummy tuck and travel (for a month) 5 weeks after the surgery? Would I be able to wear a bathing suit 5 weeks post surgery? If I will still be swollen and uncomfortable I may opt to have the surgery at another time.

Doctor Answers 14

When Can I Travel After a Tummy Tuck?

Dear esb,

Unfortunately, there is no way to definitely answer your question. Traveling five weeks after a tummy tuck will be ok for most patients if the postoperative recovery goes smoothly and you are not planning to do a lot of strenuous activities. However, a few factors could make traveling more difficult or even inadvisable: (1) if a complication such as delayed healing occurs, the recovery process may be slowed down, and additional care may be required; (2) if a late complication occurs while you are traveling (albeit rare), it may be difficult to find the proper care abroad; (3) it may be difficult to carry luggage or perform strenuous activities because the abdominal muscles may still be sore following surgery.

Best wishes,

Larry Fan, MD


San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Abdominoplasty Recovery

At 3 weeks after you tummy tuck you wounds are 90% tensile strength.   At this point I let and encourage patient to do whatever they want and have zero limitations.   Your will be fine.  I believe in early and aggressive activity after surgery with a walk dont run start on the eve of surgery. Slowly and gently I have patients to 100% at 3 weeks.   Unless you have some extreme requirements of using mesh to close a hernia etc you should be very fine at 5 weeks.  When in the plane stay active and walk.  never curl up in a plane seat for longer than an hour.  In 30 years I have had zero blood clots, venous thromboses, or pulmonary emboli in my patients.  I have never regreted my aggressive activity plan and patients love it.  At times patients get back to work in 6 days after a major tummy tuck.  Ask your surgeon.  My best,  Dr Commons

Recovery and Travel after Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

You an travel as early as two weeks after a tummy tuck but you are not allowed to lift anything more than 20 lbs for the first 6-8 weeks. you will continue to have swelling for 2 months after surgery depending on your activity level. you can jog about 3 weeks after surgery.

S. Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Not recommended to take 1 month vacation 5 weeks after a tummy tuck

If you want to take minimum risk, enjoy your vacation and not have restrictions, you should consider postponing your tummy tuck until after you return from your month long vacation. Yes, it is theoretically possible to go on such a vacation 5 weeks after surgery but there would be some restrictions of activities including heavy lifting, typically until 8 weeks following surgery. If you did experience some issues and were either out of the country or in a somewhat remote area, that could be problematic for you. A shorter vacation such as a week would be more doable and prudent.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Maybe

Anything is possible, but it all depends on you. Are you skinny and this is just tightening the skin? Your best bet is to ask the surgeon operating on you, not doctors who have never seen you.

William B. Rosenblatt, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Travel five weeks after tummy tuck

Travel is possible, though if the trip and swimming etc. are important to you the tummy tuck probably should wait until after. A month long trip may be a bit too ambitious.

Best of luck,

peterejohnsonmd

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Travel after tummy tuck

Not an easy question to answer because it depends on your healing process and everyone heals differently.  The short answer is that your probably should wait till after your trip to do this.  You need to give your body some time to heal and nothing should compromise that.  

Bhupesh Vasisht, MD
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Travel 5 weeks after abdominoplasty

Most people are doing very well 4-6 weeks after tummy tuck.  That being said, most people are still  a little swollen and the incision line is still red, and your bathing beauty body may not be ready for its inaugural exposure, in which case you should select your bathing suit well.  If you are traveling to a vacation home  you should be fine. On the other hand, I would caution against  4 weeks of travel to a warm climate, shortly after a tummy tuck.  You may not be up to rigorous sight seeing  and long days, or even up to a very long flight. 

Beverly Friedlander, MD
Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Traveling five weeks after tummy tuck

"When can I travel"  after cosmetic surgery is a common question and has to be individually applied.  This depends on a few factors.  Where are you going, i.e. how far from home.  What are you planning to do? Lie on the beach or go climb Mount Everest?  How long are you going to be gone?  (for you a month.)

As you are planning a month long trip, I would not recommend a tummy tuck 5 weeks prior unless you are going to be traveling to a close location.  If you have an issue, and can not get back to your surgeon, you are going to have a hard time getting someone to take care of any issues, and you are going to be looking at more out of pocket expense.  Typically, insurance will not cover complications of cosmetic surgery, and any other surgeon is certainly going to bill you for care after your operation.

 

Gordon Lewis, MD
Richmond Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

TRAVELING AFTER ABDOMINOPLASTY

It is possible to travel after an abdominoplasty 5 weeks postoperatively.  However, at 5 weeks you may not be able to be as physically active on your vacation as you would like.I typically do not release my patients back to strenuous activities such as working out until 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.  Please keep in mind that every person’s body recovers differently and at a different pace.  In my experience, some patients may be ready at 5 weeks and some may take longer than 8 weeks.  In regards to a bathing suit, your swelling should have resolved enough to wear a bathing suit at that time, but it is possible to still have noticeable swelling at 5 weeks.  I am sorry that I cannot provide a more definitive answer to your question but when it comes to a patient’s recovery every situation is different and there are no guaranteed timelines.With that being said if you are planning a relaxing beach vacation doing nothing more strenuous than lying in the sand, you should be fine.My best advice is to make sure you give yourself as much time as possible to recover.Sometimes with a looming deadline patients can become fretful and stressed which can ultimately delay healing so it may not be a bad idea to postpone surgery until after your vacation or postpone your vacation until your healed from surgery.

Be well and good luck!

@norrisplastic

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