After an Abdominoplasty, When Can I Exercise Again?
Longing to have taut, flat, and toned abs like the models and celebs you see in the magazines? If you’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym or working on your diet, but haven’t seen much in the form of results, then you may be in need of a little extra help. Doing these things alone don’t always get you the look you desire, but there are alternate ways that you can make use of to get the look you desire.
If you’re having trouble achieving the abdominal contours you desire, try the abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck which is a type of plastic surgery to help remove the excess fat, skin, and tissue from your stomach and tighten the underlying stomach muscles so that you can flaunt that taut tummy that you’ve always dreamed of.
After all, how many crunches and leg lifts are you going to huff and puff through to achieve your desired results and how much are you going to starve yourself to get that flat tummy? Well, with the tummy tuck, you won’t have to do any of that.
What is an Abdominoplasty?
If you’ve got too much fat, flab or excess skin in your stomach region that doesn’t respond as quickly or effectively to diet and/or exercise, you might want to consider an abdominoplasty. This type of plastic surgery flattens the abdomen by removing any excess saggy skin and stubborn deposits of fat.
A tummy tuck and liposuction are quite different. However, you may choose to get a liposuction done along with an abdominoplasty. Another thing that you must remember after getting a tummy tuck is that while initially your stomach will be taut, flat, and fabulous, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle which involves exercising regularly and eating right if you want your stomach to stay flat, hard, and fabulous.
Best Tummy Tuck Candidates
A tummy tuck is suitable for the following people:
- Men/women who are in good general health
- Women who have given birth and want to tighten their abdominal muscles
- People who are in good shape but have issues getting rid of that remaining stubborn fat
- Those who have lost a lot of weight quickly and have saggy skin and fat around the belly that refuses to go
Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery – What You Can and Cannot Do
Whether you’re undergoing a partial or complete tummy tuck, the area that will be operated on will be stitched and bandaged after the surgery. As such, it is vital to follow all the instructions given to you by your surgeon on how to care for yourself after the surgery, especially the abdominal region, as well as bandages, in the days/weeks following the surgery.
The bandage that will be used will be a firm, elastic band that will promote the proper healing of your stomach region. Your surgeon will also tell you the best positions to maintain while sleeping or sitting to help minimize the pain as much as possible and prevent any complications or injury to the surgical area.
When it comes to exercising, you will have to keep all kinds of strenuous activity to a bare minimum for at least six to eight weeks post-surgery. You may need to take up to one month off work after the surgery to ensure proper recovery. Your doctor will advise you on what you can and cannot do.
However, you will be able to return to daily life and your normal activities two months after your surgery, including exercising like walking, jogging, running, dancing, playing sports, going to the gym, and so on.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery, Dr. James Parker can help you understand the process during a consultation. Contact our office to schedule your consultation today!