When Is It Safe To Exercise Again After A Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Once you make the decision to undergo plastic surgery, you may understandably race to begin thinking about all of the exciting things that will happen after your procedure. You may start thinking of the new styles of clothing you’ll be able to wear and all of the different activities you’ll finally be able to participate in with confidence and comfort. While there is no doubt that many cosmetic procedures can have life-changing physical and emotional impacts, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the timeline of your journey. The Timeline can vary depending on the specific surgery you are considering. Some procedures have a more extensive and lengthy healing process, while others may require little to no downtime. Knowing what to expect during your recovery, including when you may be able to resume your normal daily routines, is an essential part of preparing to undergo surgery in Beverly Hills, CA.

award-winning plastic surgeon, Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, and the exceptional team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills are dedicated to helping men and women achieve their ultimate aesthetic goals through the most innovative and effective cosmetic techniques available today. Dr. Katzen places great importance on patient education, ensuring that patients understand what to expect from their surgery and recovery before undergoing any procedure to make the process as smooth, comfortable, and convenient as possible.

What is a tummy tuck, and how does it work?

One of the most popular and highly sought-after procedures in Beverly Hills, CA is the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty. The tummy tuck is designed to help patients achieve a slimmer, contoured, and more attractive midsection through the removal of excess abdominal skin and fat. The tummy tuck is ideal for patients who have a significant amount of sagging skin due to weight loss, pregnancy, or simply aging.

During the procedure, Dr. Katzen will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. The resulting scar is typically able to be concealed underneath swimsuits and other clothing. During the tummy tuck, Dr. Katzen will excise loose abdominal skin and tighten underlying abdominal muscles. Loose abdominal muscles are common after pregnancy and weight fluctuation. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove stubborn pockets of fat and further enhance the area’s contour. Finally, the remaining skin will be pulled tightly, and the incisions will be closed, resulting in a smooth, sleek, trim core.

How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?

While the transformations that can be achieved through a tummy tuck are astounding, the procedure is fairly invasive and complex. Extended recovery is particularly true when the tummy tuck is combined with additional surgeries. It can be tempting to rush to return to your normal routines and begin to show off your beautiful new figure, but it is important to understand that your body needs ample time to rest, heal, and recover after tummy tuck surgery.

In the first 1 – 2 weeks after a tummy tuck, patients can expect some level of discomfort, swelling, and fairly limited mobility. It is highly recommended that patients plan to have help around the house during this time. If you have young children or housework that is physically demanding assistance after a tummy tuck will be essential. You should take it easy after a tummy tuck. Some movement is good. However, too much activity after a tummy tuck can ruin your results.

Typically, patients are ready to return to work after about 2 – 3 weeks, provided their job does not require strenuous physical labor. Most patients begin to feel more like themselves after about 3 – 4 weeks and are comfortable with light walking and other daily activities. This is often the time that many patients begin thinking about returning to the gym. However, the body is still healing. Resuming certain activities too soon can severely compromise your results.

When can I exercise after a tummy tuck?

Before resuming any form of exercise, it is essential that patients obtain clearance from Dr. Katzen. In many cases, patients can begin light workouts around 4 – 6 weeks after their tummy tuck surgery, but it may take up to 12 weeks before the body is ready for high impact exercise, weightlifting, and other activities. During your postoperative follow-up appointments, Dr. Katzen will thoroughly assess your healing and recovery progress and advise you on the safest and most appropriate way to begin easing into a fitness routine.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck in Beverly Hills, CA?

As with any surgical procedure, candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good health and should not smoke. Furthermore, tummy tuck patients should be at a stable weight for three months.

The best way to determine with certainty whether or not a tummy tuck is right for you is to be evaluated by a highly experienced, talented, plastic surgeon. Call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills today to schedule your consultation with award-winning surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, and find out more about how a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or another body contouring procedure can finally give you the stunning physique you’ve always wanted!

Call today to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or WhatsApp virtual consultation. Call Dr. Katzen today for your consultation to achieve the tummy of your dreams.


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