During the bitter cold of February, the last thing that may be on your mind is sitting by the pool or on a beach somewhere. Did you know, though, that this is a great time to think ahead for summer? Maybe you’re already on your path, and you sweat it out in the gym or a regular basis. If this has been your norm, and yet you’re discovering that your workouts are having very little impact on the stretched-out muscles across your midsection, now could be the time to call our Englewood office to discuss abdominoplasty.
Plan Your Tummy Tuck Ahead of Time
A Balance of Time
One of the reasons that cosmetic surgeons recommend early planning for the tummy tuck procedure is because healing takes months. It’s not that you’re in pain or bruised and swollen for weeks and weeks; it’s that your abdominal muscles take time to adjust to a point where you are ready to fully engage in all areas of your life. Here, we want to touch on the balancing act between healing and working out.
Obviously, a healthy exercise routine is the ideal complement to good eating habits when it comes to sustaining the results from abdominoplasty. The question is, how much is too much at what point in the recovery process.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
At the beginning of your post-surgical journey, you will want to lie low. These first few weeks, during which your abdomen may appear swollen and will feel sore, your primary responsibility is to eat well. It is important to provide the body with the nutrition it needs to heal properly. As you feel capable, walk a little. Because medication could create a “wobbly” feeling, walking should occur on a flat surface, and not on a treadmill.
It is, perhaps, after the first 6 weeks or so that greater care must be taken with physical activity. Now, you are feeling better; more like your old self and more capable of lifting weights or engaging in more strenuous activities. But wait! Your abdominal muscles are not yet at 100%. To reach that stage takes up to 6 months, and until that time, you want to avoid strain.
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A Safe Bet
When you have put your money and time into the abdominoplasty process, the last thing you want to do is create complications. We are happy to answer questions about post-surgical exercise at any time during your treatment. To learn more about the tummy tuck or other body contouring procedures, call 201-567-9595.