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When Can I Start Exercising Again After a Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Are you considering tummy tuck surgery? Abdominoplasty recovery may take some time, but the results are well worth it. We recommend waiting 4 – 6 weeks and checking with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Rolando Morales, before starting any kind of workout routine after a tummy tuck.

Our team at Morales Plastic Surgery wants each patient to feel confident and fully informed about their procedure. Below, we review your expected timeline for recovery and when you can start exercising again in Houston, TX.

Are tummy tucks invasive?

A tummy tuck helps patients achieve a slimmer and more toned appearance by removing excess skin and small fat deposits in the lower abdomen. The muscles are also pulled tight to create a firm stomach that is less likely to protrude outward.

All abdominoplasty procedures are customized based on the individual and their aesthetic goals. Dr. Morales offers a mini, full, and extended tummy tuck to patients in the Houston area. We can describe the invasiveness of each option and help decide which one is best for you during a consultation.

The first week after a tummy tuck

Patients are given a compression garment to support the newly tightened skin and muscles almost immediately after abdominoplasty. This garment helps minimize side effects like swelling and inflammation. We advise standing at a 45-degree angle for the first few days after tummy tuck surgery. This protects the incisions and reduces your risk of post-operative complications.

Two to four weeks after a tummy tuck

Most patients take approximately two weeks before they feel well enough to return to work. If your occupation requires heavy lifting or similar activities, it is best to wait at least four weeks before returning.

Dr. Morales will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress and give you clearance to start certain physical activities. This includes light walking but no high-impact cardio or contact sports. You may gradually increase the intensity of your workout routines as you heal.

Four to six weeks after a tummy tuck

Dr. Morales may give you the green light to start more strenuous exercises after six weeks. However, it is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard during abdominoplasty recovery. For instance, be wary of workouts that place excess strain on the abdomen, such as sit-ups and crunches. We trust that our patients will make healthy decisions and contact us with any concerns.

What are some tips for a successful recovery?

Dr. Morales may provide additional detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a safe recovery. This may include:

  • Follow a healthy diet: Eating nutritious foods helps your body heal and provides the energy you need for physical activity.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink water to stay hydrated and promote natural healing.

  • Rest when you feel tired: It is normal to feel exhausted for the first few weeks after surgery. Get plenty of rest to speed up the healing process.

  • Listen to your body: If something feels wrong or you experience sudden pain, call our office immediately.

Return to your workouts after a tummy tuck

We understand you may be anxious about getting back to your normal workout routines after tummy tuck surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales is here to help you through every step of the process. Learn more about abdominoplasty recovery by calling Morales Plastic Surgery. We ensure our patients in the Houston, TX area are well-informed and comfortable through every step of their cosmetic journey.

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