Having tummy tuck surgery is a huge step in the right direction. While a consultation and a successful procedure are necessary, proper recovery is dependent on understanding and adhering to post-op instructions and restrictions. This is particularly the case if an individual plans on returning to an active lifestyle and a regular exercise routine after a tummy tuck.
Take your time
The most important step to recovery is remembering not to rush back into the swing of things. Don’t dive into strenuous activity or even pre-tummy tuck movement that could cause aggravation.
Always start slowly and steadily progress. To gradually work the affected muscles, make an effort to move from lying down to sitting and then to a standing position multiple times a day. It might not seem like much, and having a caregiver help the first time may be necessary, but this routine movement retrains muscles and lays the groundwork for more strenuous activity later on.
Work on your cardio
For the first three to four weeks after tummy tuck surgery administered by Dr Scamp, the goal is rest and steady muscle repetitions. After four weeks, the body should be able to handle a light cardiovascular workout.
Go for short walks
Following your surgery, going for short walks can be one of the easiest and rewarding ways to get your body moving again. A smooth, comfortable motion is much more important than distance. Just by walking across the living room now and then following your surgery is more than enough to kick-start your recovery.
Strengthen your abdomen
When able, strengthening the stomach and abdomen specifically can be the final step before returning to a regular routine. Leg slides and pelvic thrusts are a good place to start, and slowly working up to planks, leg lifts and crunches can help pave the way to fully extended sit-ups.
Strengthen your legs and upper body
Demanding activities that target the back and abdominal muscles should be avoided for at least the first four to six weeks. Rather, leg and upper body exercises are an excellent way to strengthening a post-tummy tuck exercise routine without putting any strain on the abdominal muscles.
Add range-of-motion exercises or free weights that focus in on the legs and arms without putting too much stress on the stomach.
Get back into your regular routine
It could take months of slow strength training, and it’s wise to seek surgeon approval, but returning to a regular full-body exercise routine after a tummy tuck is possible. Build up to the hard stuff gradually, and remember to take it easy when targeting the abdomen specifically.
A tummy tuck is usually the final step in a body transformation process that can start with weight loss and liposuction, and once the fat is gone and the belly is tucked, many people want to tone up and show off their new stomach. Building a solid post-tummy tuck exercise routine without overdoing it is essential to avoiding complications after surgery and achieving the best recovery results possible.