Exercise After Tummy Tuck with Only Skin Removal and Lipo

I had a Tummy Tuck a few weeks ago, but as my abdominal muscles were in good shape, they did only Liposuction and skin removal. I also had my belly button moved so it was a full tummy tuck minus the muscle tightening.

My incision is fully closed and scabbed over, and I feel pretty good. Is it possible I can start exercising earlier without doing any damage or do I still need to wait 6 weeks? It seems that 6 weeks is a standard recommendation for a normal tummy tuck.

Doctor Answers 8

Exercise after tummy tuck: 2, 3, 4 or 6 weeks?

It is best to follow your surgeon's advice. While it is theoretically possible to exercise at an earlier date such as 2 weeks, it is possible to increase the risks of seroma or hematoma or wound separation, in which case you will require treatment by you surgeon. Therefore, discuss this with him/her prior to intiating this on your own.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Post tummy tuck exercise

I would review the post-op care with yoru surgeon. Usually hI have patients refrain from aerobic activity for 3-4 weeks and then heavy lifting and sit-ups for 6-8 weeks.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Returning to exercise after Mini Tummy Tuck and Liposuction

Dear Lara,

You are correct that most of us restrict patients from exercise for 6 weeks after a tummy tuck, and this is due to the muscle tightening part of the procedure. As you did not have the rectus plication, you might be able to resume exercise sooner-- but you could be restricted by the liposuction component. (I do not like my liposuction patients to exercise for 3 weeks after surgery, as the motion of the skin over the muscles may lead to seromas.) The person who is best suited to answer this question is your surgeon - they know exactly what was done, and will be able to judge the risks you would be taking by resuming exercise. Discuss the issues with them.

Best regards,


Michael A. Bogdan, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Tummy tuck

Exercise is important after any cosmetic procedure. however it is important for healing to take place. Even with liposuction or skin removal early exercise can cause either bleeding or the formation of a seroma.

David L. Abramson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

After a tummy tuck, when it comes to resuming activity, listen to your surgeon.

My patients are allowed to return to athletic activity in about 2 weeks after a tummy tuck if the fascial repair was not part of the operation.   These are "my" patients and their specific issues are dealt with by my judgment.  I would be very upset if they followed the advice of another plastic surgeon because it sounded better than mine.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Exercise after a tummy tuck

Without muscle plication, the recover period for a tummy tuck is shorter. However, this decision should be made by your plastic surgeon and not by a poll on this website. Your surgeon is (presumably) following your postoperative course closely and monitoring you as you heal. Considerations as far drain outputs and incision integrity weigh heavily in these decisions. Also, depending on the postoperative garment, working-out may be quite uncomfortable. Be sure to bring these issues up with your plastic surgeon on your next postop visit.

David Bogue, MD
Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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When to exercise after a tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is a very popular and effective technique to recontour the abdomen. As each patient is unique so should every tummy tuck be different. It seems that in your case, the muscles did not need to be tightened and so the treatment was only done on the skin and extra fat. Although you did not have a muscle repair, you should still take care not to put undue tension onto your tummy tuck incision. In our practice, we asked our patients to refrain from exercise such as situps or using weights for at least six weeks after their surgery. This gives your body apple time to heal. Taking care of yourself and your download at this stage will provide many benefits later.

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Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

Patience required after surgery

Your surgeon, by far, is the best judge of when you should return to a strenuous exercise regimen. He or she performed every aspect of the procedure and made recommendations regarding your return to an exercise regimen based on his or her clinical judgment. If your surgeon wants you to wait, then you should wait.

That being said, most of us restrict patients from returning to an exercise regimen for 6-8 weeks to protect the muscle plication (tightening). If you haven't yet asked your surgeon if you can exercise, it would certainly reasonable to ask him or her given that you didn't have the rectus abdominus muscles tightened.

Best of luck!

Sam Jejurikar, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

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