A lot of fat and skin tends to accumulate in the abdominal area making it untoned. One of the methods used to treat this is by undergoing a tummy tuck surgical procedure, a type of cosmetic surgery that helps in toning the abdomen by tightening abdominal muscles and removing excess fat and skin. It is recommended to follow well time lined and planned exercise after a tummy tuck muscle repair which helps in the healing process and achieve desired results for stressed muscles. Routine exercise after tummy tuck muscle repair includes;
Simple exercise immediately after the surgical procedure up to one week
Following surgery, it is recommended to do simple exercises like going out of bed, standing and sitting either by self-support or by help with a caregiver. This helps in exercising the abdominal muscles that are affected during the procedure.
Light exercising two weeks after surgery
This includes taking short walks on even surfaces for a few minutes after surgical pain is reduced. This helps in restoring blood flow and quickens the healing process.
Cardiovascular exercising three to four weeks after surgery
This involves brisk walking, stationary cycling and light weight lifting which help in exercising the heart and slightly increase heart rate.
Simple leg and upper body surgery five to six weeks post-surgery
This involves increasing physical activity which does not strain abdominal muscles such as moderate weight lifting, moderate swimming, and walking which helps in strengthening both the arms and legs.
Abdominal exercising six to eight weeks after surgery
These are aimed in strengthening the abdominal muscles and include exercises such as crunches, leg lifts, and pelvic thrusts.
Heavyweight lifting should be avoided at this point as I can lead to tearing of incisions increasing the healing time.
A few months after the procedure and with advice from a physician, one can return to normal exercising such as running, doing sit-ups and lifting of heavy objects. However, care should be taken especially when involving abdominal muscles.
Since wound healing is contributed by a number of factors, healing time for every individual differs and hence it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for exercise after tummy tuck muscle repair.