Tummy Tuck Recovery: Can You Have a Baby After a Tummy Tuck? Work Out? Sleep on Your Tummy?

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If you are looking into the tummy tuck recovery process, you may find a lot of confusing information online about what you can and can’t do. The best way to navigate tummy tuck recovery is to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about what you can expect after the procedure. Proper tummy tuck recovery will build the foundation for satisfactory and long-lasting results.

To help you better understand the do’s and don’ts after a tummy tuck, we answer some of your top FAQs.

What Is Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?

You will feel some discomfort after your tummy tuck, and your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage it. You will also notice some swelling and soreness in your abdominal area for a few weeks after your procedure. For most patients, it takes around 3 months for the swelling to subside entirely.

For more details on initial tummy tuck recovery, read this related blog.

When Can I Go Back To Work After a Tummy Tuck?

You can return to work 1 to 2 weeks after your procedure, depending on the type of work you do. If you have a physically demanding job, it’s a good idea to take a month off from work. Going to work too soon and before your body has had time to heal may impact your results.

Can I Have a Baby After a Tummy Tuck?

You should have no issues getting pregnant after a tummy tuck, but the weight fluctuations of pregnancy may re-stretch your skin and affect your results. If possible, it’s better to have your children before you undergo a tummy tuck. One thing to consider is waiting at least 1 year after your tummy tuck before getting pregnant so your body has time to heal from the surgery.

Can I Sleep On My Stomach After a Tummy Tuck?

If you are a stomach sleeper, you will have to be patient after a tummy tuck! You may need to wait about 6 weeks after your procedure to resume sleeping on your stomach. Right after your tummy tuck, it’s best to sleep in a recliner or on your back with pillows under your knees and behind your upper body to avoid straining your incisions. Most patients don’t have an issue with sleeping on their backs for a few weeks.

How Soon Can I Start Exercising?

You will not be able to get back to your full workout routine for at least 6 weeks. However, taking short walks after your procedure is important for maintaining good blood circulation. When you can start exercising will depend on how you feel and how well you heal.

You will have many more questions about tummy tuck recovery, and your plastic surgeon will answer them. Patients who come to our practice are thrilled to show off their new midsections, as you can see in these before and after photos. If you are ready for a flatter, firmer midsection, request a consultation or call us at (914) 423-9000 to schedule an appointment.

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