Three Tummy Tuck Questions
Going in for any sort of surgery can be stressful, and abdominoplasty is no different. Residents of Tampa who are interested in a tummy tuck procedure will find that some of these questions spring to mind.
Should I lose weight before a tummy tuck?
Rather than seeking to lose significant weight with an intense diet immediately before surgery, it’s better to develop healthy eating and exercising habits. Dr. Solomon would prefer to see you at your most “normal” weight rather than an ideal weight. The best way to get long lasting results with any cosmetic procedure is to have realistic expectations. Of course, Dr. Solomon will talk with you about your goals, answering questions or concerns you have about your surgery. Weight gain after a tummy tuck can cause complications to your incision and delay full recovery.
What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
Because a tummy tuck is considered a major procedure, you will have to severely limit your physical activity for up to eight weeks. Dr. Solomon will provide you with a set of instructions for caring for your incision. Some patients are unable to stand up straight for the first two weeks. It takes about two weeks after that for most patients to get back on their feet and begin normal activity. Full recovery can take up to two months.
Can I exercise after a tummy tuck?
Most kinds of exercise should be avoided for six to eight weeks after a tummy tuck. While you will be able to stand straight up a week to two weeks after surgery, your body’s energy should be used for healing. Real cardiovascular exercise is not a good idea until about six to eight weeks after surgery. Any exercise that involves lifting or using your abdominal muscles should be avoided for a few additional weeks. It’s also advisable for you to start slowly and avoid pushing yourself too hard. Of course, Dr. Solomon will provide you an individualized recovery timetable based on your age, medical history, and your procedure. Before beginning any exercise after your surgery you should speak with Dr. Solomon.
Abdominoplasty is a serious surgery that should not be taken lightly. These are just general guidelines. Speaking to Dr. Solomon about each of your concerns is important before beginning any new activity.