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Tummy Tuck

A Timeline for Tummy Tuck Recovery

A tummy tuck is the go-to procedure for men and women who want to restore their stomach, particularly after weight loss, pregnancy, or from the results of aging. Those interested in tummy tucks know that the procedure will require a healing period, but many are uncertain about what life will be like in the first few weeks and months following surgery. Although recovery varies from person to person, it can be helpful to have a general timeline to help you plan post-surgically.

First Week Do’s and Don’ts

You won’t be able to stand fully upright during the first 1 to 2 weeks following a tummy tuck. During this initial phase, there are a few activities you should avoid:

  • House cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Grocery shopping
  • Driving
  • Lifting small children

You can prepare for your procedure ahead of time by:

  • Stocking the fridge with ready-to-go meals
  • Arranging for childcare
  • Setting up an at-home recovery room

Returning to Work

People with sedentary jobs can typically go back to work within a week to 10 days. Work that’s more physically demanding requires additional time away. Depending upon the physical tasks of the job, you may be able to return to work in 2 to 3 weeks. It’s a good idea to talk with your employer to determine if aspects of your work can be adapted while you heal.

Resuming Your Fitness Routine

It’s important to ease back into exercise, paying attention to how you feel as you slowly increase activity. The following timeline may be helpful:

  • Week 1: Gentle, short walks
  • Week 2 to 3: Gradually increase walking distance and pace
  • Week 4 to 8: Low-impact aerobics
  • Week 8 to 10: Cardio exercises including running, spinning, swimming
  • Week 12 to 18: Add resistance training and high intensity activity
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