How Soon Can I do Water Sports After a Mommy Makeover?

I am looking at having a mommy makeover done at begging of June. I would like to know how soon before can go water skiing, tubing, go on amusement rides?

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Water Sports, wait 6-8 weeks...

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Patients are eager to return to normal activity as soon as possible following cosmetic surgery.Unfortunately, returning to normal activity too soon can result in an increased potential for complications.Watersports, swimming and spending time in a Jacuzzi are activities that could potentially have negative consequences if resumed too soon.
Theoretically, once the skin edges have sealed, in about 48 hours following surgery, these activities can be resumed.In reality, many patients have drains in place for three weeks or longer.Additionally, small absorbable interrupted sutures may break through the skin and become exposed.In this situation, infection could occur in a patient who is submerged in a Jacuzzi, pool, pond or ocean.Each of these environments may have unique and, in some cases, antibiotic resistant bacteria that can lead to a significant infection.
In addition, plastic surgeons generally don’t recommend resumption of strenuous activities for at least six weeks following Mommy Makeover surgery.Watersports and swimming can create significant strain on the core muscles of the abdomen and should, therefore be avoided in the immediate post-operative period.
It’s important to remember that every patient’s procedure and post-operative course is unique.For these reasons, make sure you consult with your plastic surgeon before getting into the water.

Activity level after mommy makeover

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I would wait about six weeks after surgery before you perform water sports/activities.  Provided the scars all heal properly you can actually get things wet after a week or so. Consult with your plastic surgeon to ensure you are in fact healing well prior to going into the water (pool, ocean, etc.)

Water skiing may be uncomfortable on your chest, especially if you are having a breast augmentation as a part of your mommy makeover.

Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 412 reviews

How Soon Can I do Water Sports After a Mommy Makeover?

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In general, if you have an uncomplicated recovery, you can be in a hot tub or pool at 2 to 3 weeks postoperative. You will have to limit your exertion in the beginning, and resume vigorous exercise no sooner than 6 weeks postoperative.

Mark Preston, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon

Mommy makeover

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 "Mommy make over includes Tummy Tuck, Breast enhancemnt, with or without a breast lift, possible liposuction. To undergo such procedure you need to be HEALTHY, AT IDEAL BODY WEIGHT.O DISEASES THAT INCREASE YOUR RISKS. ( DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART DISEASE)

recovery is about 3-6 weeks provided no complicationsART DISEASE, OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE). Heavy activity 6-12 weeks. Follow the directions of your board certified plastic surgeon. You should have started in winter for summer activities.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Tummy tuck and water sports.

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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. Physical water sports, however is a different story.  You should only start doing heavy physical activity at 6 weeks, and then slowly ease into it, not all at once.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Mommy Makeover

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This all will depend on your healing and recovery.  Usually 4-6 weeks is the transition to more vigorous activities.  The recovery is different for everyone.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Water sports post mommy makeover

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Recovery can vary between patients depending on the severity and complexity of each individual case. If all goes well with the healing process and there are no complications, you should be able to participate in outdoor activities, such as water sports at about 2-3 months post surgery. Consult your surgeon with specific questions or concerns.

Four weeks for water sports after mommy makeover.

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These are the rules of thumb:

1)  at two weeks, moderate exercise that does not cause pain.

2)  at four weeks, running.

3)  after six weeks, no restrictions.


George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Activity After Mommy Makeover

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Return to regular activity after primary breast augmentation is about three weeks. If you have an augmentation with a lift, three to four weeks.

Activity after tummy tuck, is usually light after four weeks.  Full activity, can generally be resumed after six to eight weeks.

Let discomfort be your guide.

Return to activity after a mommy makeover

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I recommend to my patients waiting 6 weeks before any contact sports or extreme physical activity, including amusement park rides.

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