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How Far in Advance Should I Plan My Abdominoplasty Before Swimsuit Season?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that can change your body for the better. If you're looking to feel more confident and less self-conscious about your midsection, this may be the perfect surgery for you in Houston, TX.

Before considering tummy tuck surgery at Morales Plastic Surgery, many women are concerned about missing out on swimsuit season. So, how long does it take to heal from surgery, and when can you get back in the pool?

The length of time it takes to heal depends on a number of factors, but board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales generally recommends waiting two months before hitting the water. Learn the specifics of tummy tuck recovery during a consultation at our facility.

How does abdominoplasty improve my figure?

A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that removes loose or hanging skin around the abdomen. It also tightens the underlying muscles to create a flatter, firmer appearance. Women love this surgery because it removes problem areas and better prepares them for bikini season.

Abdominoplasty does involve an incision from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Patients can rest assured that the incision (and resulting scar) is usually hidden by underwear and bathing suits. Our team in Houston can provide detailed instructions for incision care so the scar is as thin and flat as possible.

How far in advance should I plan abdominoplasty?

Dr. Morales may recommend a specific timeline for tummy tuck recovery based on your problem areas and the extent of your excess skin removal. As a general rule, we suggest waiting at least two months before submerging your abdomen underwater. So, if you're planning a tropical vacation in the summer, it's best to get abdominoplasty in early spring.

What about swimming after surgery?

Patients should not participate in swimming before the two-month mark. This includes swimming in pools and hot tubs as well as natural bodies of water like the ocean. Our goal is to avoid harmful chemicals and bacteria that could lead to an infection. Patients should also avoid exposing the incision area to sunlight after tummy tuck surgery, as the skin may be sensitive during healing.

Can I still look great by the pool?

In short, yes! While you can't get in the water, there are many ways to enjoy your abdominoplasty results this swimsuit season. Pick a shady spot by the pool and put on your favorite cover-up. A little sunscreen can help protect the sensitive skin around your abdomen. You may feel a little bloated or swollen, but drinking water can keep you and your skin hydrated and healthy.

How can I make tummy tuck recovery more pleasant?

We encourage patients to invest in a few items if they decide to take a vacation after abdominoplasty. A comfortable robe is a great way to stay cozy as you heal, and loose-fitting clothing can help reduce irritation from your incisions. You may also want to get a body pillow, which can reduce back pain and provide extra support for your sore abdomen.

Enjoy a firmer stomach this swimsuit season!

If you're having tummy tuck surgery in Houston, it's important to plan ahead, so no one has to "miss out" on swimsuit season. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can provide more helpful tips and advice when you come in for an abdominoplasty consultation at Morales Plastic Surgery. Call to get the process started today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.