The recovery period after any kind of cosmetic surgery is extremely important to ensure appropriate healing of the scars and avoid complications. Among the activities that are strictly non-resumable right after having recourse to cosmetic surgery is physical activity: the period after which the patient is allowed to resume sports varies according to the underwent procedure. When it comes to an abdominoplasty, the convalescence period should be strictly respected as it is quite complicated in terms of healing.
When can I resume sports after an abdominoplasty?
After having recourse to a tummy tuck, the patient has to generally wait 1 month to 45 days (at minimum) to start resuming sports gradually. This obviously depends on the nature of the surgical act as well as the intensity of the practised sports. It is important to note a few things before considering to resume sports:
-Allowing for scars to completely heal
-Allowing for swelling to dissipate
-Abdominal muscles and tissues must not be put into movement
Which sports should I practise after an abdominoplasty?
A recovery period of 1 month is ideal if the patient wishes to gradually resume sports like walking, jogging or swimming. The latter is well-recommended after surgery; surgeons actually advise patients to start with a soft practise of swimming following a reasonable pace. If the practised sport is more intense or violent, then the patient has to wait for a longer period before deciding to resume it. Regardless, the patient will be only able to resume physical activities upon the surgeon’s approval.
Which precautions should I take into consideration?
It is recommended to wear a contention garment to limit movements and optimize the results of the surgery after having underwent an abdominoplasty, a liposuction or a breast enhancement surgery. Resuming any kind of physical activity has to be gradual; bearing in mind that the operated zone should not be put into movement. If the patient has underwent an abdominoplasty, cycling will not be allowed as the latter puts the inferior part of the body into movement. The patient has to wait for a period of 1 month and half or 2 months in order to resume this activity upon the surgeon’s approval.