Weighing pros and cons of when to get a TT. Spring, but getting back to work quickly, or summer break with kids at home. (photo)
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Recovering from a Mommy Makeover & Resuming Activity
The Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures to bring a woman’s body back to the way she looked prior to pregnancy. Most commonly some variation of a #TummyTuck and #BreastSurgery are performed. Additional procedures can include liposuction, umbilical hernia repair. The most common #breastprocedures include #mastopexy or #breastlift, #breastaugmentation, or #breastreduction.
Healing after a #tummytuck will require time. Some patients are out of bed and walking the night of surgery and every hour while awake. I allow my patients to return to work at one to two weeks with 14 days preferred. However, no lifting or straining. At three weeks, increased level of activity and full with no restrictions, at 6 weeks.
As I advise my patients, if your work keeps you sedentary, you may return whenever you feel up to it. If your work is strenuous, wait until your work activity does not cause any superficial pain.
Some employers will modify a person’s job duties so they can back sooner, but without physical activity. Our office can provide our patients with a note stating they are not to engage in strenuous activity for a specified period of time. The note will not disclose what procedure they have underwent. Therefore, you may have to request a similar note from your surgeon if you are not independently employed. I recommend avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous #activity for six weeks following your surgery. With that said, it may help you plan your return to work accordingly.
As for heavy lifting and other #strenuous #activities, it should be avoided for until you have clearance from your surgeon. You may, however, do normal activities at any time if they cause no pain or #discomfort. Let your body tell you what you can or cannot do. Aerobic exercise will raise your blood pressure, which could cause late bleeding and harm your result. Once you begin exercising again, start gently and let your body tell you what it can tolerate. Don’t rush!! If you have concerns about your healing, or pain that you question to be unusual, it is important to call your plastic surgeon to discuss these further asked to be examined.
Weighing pros and cons of when to get a TT. Spring, but getting back to work quickly, or summer break with kids at home.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Time off after tummy tuck
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It is very important to have adequate time to recuperate from a surgical procedure. This is especially true with a tummy tuck. Some patients heal slightly faster than others, but it is impossible to know who that will be. The safest thing to do is plan surgery when you have time to recover appropriately. In most cases it involves laying low for about 2 weeks, with light activity and walking around the house recommended, but not return to work. Between weeks 2-3 activity can increase slightly, and I tell patients to avoid core exercise, and heavy physical activity for 4 weeks. Visit with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options.
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