The following is an excerpt from our new e-book, A patient’s guide to tummy tuck surgery.
Getting back to daily life
The time it takes to get back to your daily activities will vary depending on your age and personal lifestyle. You will need to plan on taking about one to two weeks off work, and possibly more if you have a strenuous job that requires a lot of activity or lifting. In general, if you’ve had muscle tightening done during your tummy tuck, you may need about four weeks of restricted activity to give your body time to heal (but you may drive and do light activity if your surgeon gives you the okay). If you had only skin tightening with no muscle repair, you may be able to resume normal activities sooner. For workouts and exercise, you may need to wait about six weeks.
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is proper healing time. You use your abdominal muscles for almost every movement you make, so resting them is important. If you have small children, do your best to arrange for someone to help care for them so you won’t be hindering your healing by attempting too much, too soon. Be careful in the kitchen as well — even lifting heavy food dishes could put a strain on your abdominal area.
The more you rest and allow yourself to heal, the better you’ll feel — and the faster your recovery will be. Within a few months, you will likely feel great and will be back to doing all the things you enjoy.
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