The ability to return to regular activities, including exercise is a frequently discussed topic during consultation. When resuming physical activity, patients should always be guided by their own personal comfort level and be mindful to take things slowly as the body heals. As a rule, it is important to allow recovery progress, level of soreness, and how sutures are healing to be guiding factors when resuming physical activity, along with regular input and communication with the surgeon.
There are no restrictions to exercise intensity or frequency leading up to the surgery date. In fact, patients who regularly exercise and maintain their exercise routines prior to surgery often report easier recovery and return to their daily activity than those who do not exercise or have a sedentary lifestyle. So, it’s advisable to establish and maintain a level of activity that fits your lifestyle prior to surgery, which can help with recovery.
Many patients are surprised to learn that they can begin light walking immediately following their tummy tuck procedure, and that they may increase walking over time, as tolerated, although in some patients this could be uncomfortable. At about 4-6 weeks post-op, patients can begin to resume exercise, but it is advisable to keep weights light and to engage in lower impact cardiovascular exercise in order to allow the body to heal and adjust to its return to physical activity. Approximately 8 weeks after surgery, patients can resume high impact exercise and their regular level of exercise. If you have any questions relating to not only abdominoplasty but anything cosmetic surgery related, contact Totonchi Plastic Surgery today: 216-778-2262