Following your tummy tuck, it’s important to stay in good physical shape to get the most benefits from your surgical procedure. Your goal was to achieve a slimmer, fitter waistline, and you want to keep it. Thankfully, you can safely exercise after your abdominoplasty, and stay in the best possible shape.
First, you have to remember that a tummy tuck is an invasive surgical procedure. Your sutures and muscles will need time to rest and heal afterward. The National Institute of Health recommends avoiding vigorous exercise for at least 4 weeks following an abdominoplasty. Each person’s healing time is different, so be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions before starting any exercise program.
The best place to start is simply by practicing sitting up on your own and then bringing yourself into a standing position a few times per day. 2–3 weeks post-procedure, most people can safely begin a light exercise program, such as walking on level ground. Be sure to not overdo it. Short walks are best at first, and these help to prevent blood clots.
As you get stronger, you can increase the time of your walks. At 4 weeks post-procedure, you may begin to perform low impact exercises such as cycling, brisk walks, or using the ellipitcal machine. For exercises that focus on the abdominal muscles, such as crunches, you will need to wait for at least 6 months following the procedure.
Remember, just because you feel like you are ready for exercise doesn’t mean your muscles are healed. If you push too hard too soon, you can damage your recovery and decrease the effectiveness of the procedure. Exercise smart and follow your doctor’s instructions to get the most out of your tummy tuck. For more information contact Dr. J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery today.