Wait to Work Out? Abs-olutely.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, you likely already know that they are ideal for individuals who are at or near their goal weight. As a result of being at or near this baseline, most people who seek a tummy tuck procedure at Innovations Medical are in overall good health because they have committed to a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine.
These individuals just need a little help from us to put the finishing touches on the masterpiece they've created through working out and eating right. Although the tummy tuck at Innovations Medical does not require general anesthesia, it does require some rest post-op. This rest means taking a break from exercising for a bit. This can be a struggle for some individuals, so we wanted to share some information to help patients plan when and how to resume their workouts.
When Can You Work Out After a Tummy Tuck?
We suggest waiting at least six weeks after your procedure to start back to your workout routine, or at least until Dr. Johnson clears you. This allows all of the tissues, muscles and skin affected by the tummy tuck to heal and helps to prevent complications.
How Intensely Can I Work Out After a Tummy Tuck?
How hard you work out after your tummy tuck depends on how hard you worked out before your tummy tuck. Another factor to keep in mind is that, because the tummy tuck procedure involves your midsection/core, some of your favorite workouts could cause you discomfort. Light exercise may resume at two weeks, but you need to get cleared by Dr. Johnson before heading back to the gym.
Running. If you're returning to running after your tummy tuck procedure, we suggest you wait at least four weeks, and even then you should ease into it gradually and only with Dr. Johnson's approval. Don't attempt to tackle a marathon soon after surgery. Take your time and don't push yourself too hard.
Swimming. Swimming is a great way to work out most of the time, but not after a tummy tuck. We suggest waiting at least six to eight weeks and have your incisions checked to make sure they are completely healed before you take a dip. Why? Because swimming in a lake or pool (even chlorinated) could mean infection.
Heavy lifting in the gym or at CrossFit can cause damage to the area that you just treated with the tummy tuck. We suggest waiting at least six weeks after your procedure. Yes, this even applies if you're working your upper body, arms and back. Even when you do a bicep curl, you're still engaging your core and abdominals.
The bottom line is that you should wait until cleared to exercise, and once you are, you should ease back into your routine. If you have questions or if anything hurts, stop and call Innovations Medical at 214-643-8665.