A tummy tuck surgery – medically known as abdominoplasty – is a surgical procedure that can effectively improve the appearance of your abdominal area. It aims at removing the excess fat and skin on the abdomen resulting in flattened and more contoured tummy. The procedure no doubt gives highly beneficial results but following proper exercise routine after surgery with the consent of your plastic surgeon can improve the outcomes more. Here we will discuss what exactly tummy tuck is and how exercise can help you get most out of it.
Tummy tuck surgery is an invasive surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. In this procedure incisions are made to remove excess fat and skin and tone up the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty has two types – traditional or full abdominoplasty and mini tummy tuck. Traditional tummy tuck addresses both lower and upper abdomen and also involves tightening of muscles while in mini tummy tuck only excess fat is removed from lower abdomen. The later type is suitable for those people who require minor changes.
The procedure of tummy tuck is no doubt itself highly beneficial procedure but the patients who follow proper exercise routine after undergoing surgery get even more valuable results. It is important to consult your surgeon before attempting exercise routine after surgery. You should not do vigorous exercise and heavy tasks for about four weeks after surgery. Some below mentioned tips can help you effectively start your exercise routine after surgery.
- Start from slight movement slowly and gradually leading to proper exercise routine. In the very start, sit up on your own and bring yourself to standing position and try to stand with your back straight. This is not a difficult exercise but it can help bringing improvement in your weakened muscles.
- After couple of days, start walking and moving around. Even walk for a short period of time can prevent blood clotting. Take short walks as soon as possible after surgery while just after you get your strength back, start taking comparatively longer walks.
- Three to four weeks after surgery, start with light exercises. Try to do low impact exercises like cycling and brisk walk and aerobic activity.
- Avoid doing exercises that target abdominal muscles and till your muscle strength returns but start upper-body and leg-strengthening exercises. These exercises will not strain your abdominal muscles but will make you active.
- Start strengthening your abdominal muscles with simple exercises like pelvic thrusts and then move to planks and leg lifts. Increase the number of repetitions slowly.
- Start your normal exercise regimen with your surgeon’s recommenndations and this may take several months.
In short, returning to your exercise routine slowly after surgery can help you get more benefits from tummy tuck surgery but you should do this according to surgeon’s recommendations.