When Can You Resume Exercise After a Tummy Tuck?

When should you start exercising after a tummy tuck? Our Vancouver area practice knows this probably is going to be one of the main questions on your mind if you are having this procedure. A tummy tuck is performed to sculpt the midsection for a flatter, smaller appearance for patients who want to reduce excess skin and fat, or repair weakened muscles. After you have had a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, it’s crucial to allow your body sufficient time to heal before engaging in any strenuous exercise. The recovery period post-tummy tuck is essential for achieving optimal results and avoiding potential complications. Here’s what you should know about how to safely resume physical activity after this treatment.

On the day you undergo surgery, you will need to walk a little to encourage blood circulation and healing, but you shouldn’t do this alone as your balance and strength could be affected by post-operative discomfort or the effects of the anesthesia. Light cardio such as walking is encouraged after surgery, but it will be difficult for you to bend, reach, or stand for long periods of time when you are home, so it will help to have a friend or loved one around during the first few days to assist you with everyday tasks.

During this phase, light activities such as short walks are encouraged to promote blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots. However, engaging in more intense workouts, such as weightlifting, cardio exercises, or core-focused routines, should be avoided to prevent strain on the healing muscles and incisions. Avoid lifting heavy objects or squatting for several weeks. If you resume exercise too quickly after a tummy tuck, complications such as poor wound healing and scarring could occur, or you may need follow-up surgery.

Now that you have a slimmer, more toned physique, you might be eager to return to exercise but depending on the extent of your surgery, you may need to wait for anywhere from four to ten weeks. Although there are no standard rules on how to exercise after abdominoplasty, it’s generally best to avoid exercises that stress the stomach muscles when the tissues are still healing. It’s also best to start slowly to build strength and progress gradually. Avoid certain exercises like planks, lunges, squats, pull-ups, and lifting exercises until you’ve healed.

Want more advice on when to resume exercise after a tummy tuck? Contact Vancouver area’s Dr. Owen Reid for more details. Call us at 604-343-9309 or submit a contact form to request a consultation.