Recovery after Tummy Tuck: How soon can I lift?

Recovery Questions after Tummy Tuck Surgery


How soon can I lift after a tummy tuck?

These questions are always somewhat complex, but I’ll try to simplify based on what Modesto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tammy Wu has explained.  For the most part one should refrain from lifting >5-10 lbs for 6 weeks.  The 5 lb limit would be the first half of the 6 weeks and the 10 pound limit should be for the latter part of the 6 week limit.  6 weeks is chosen because that’s the time when the wound recovery strength after tummy tuck is about 90% of it’s final strength which would occur about 1 year later.

Quick answer?

You can get back to lifting after 6 weeks.

Long answer?

Come talk with us at Surgical Artistry.  There is no specific medical advice here.  Please talk to your plastic surgeon regarding his or her specific advice to you regarding your recovery process after Tummy Tuck surgery.

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Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.   Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA. (209) 551-1888

Dr. Tammy Wu & Dr. Calvin Lee.
Surgical Artistry, Modesto, CA.
(209) 551-1888

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About Calvin Lee, MD

I'm a board certified general surgeon who is married to a board certified plastic surgeon (Dr. T. Tammy Wu). Together, we founded Surgical Artistry in 2006 in Modesto, CA. I arrived in Modesto in 2003 and originally worked as a general and trauma surgeon. I now have a practice focused on Acupuncture, Botox, Fillers, and Veins. My wife's practice is broad based plastic surgery which includes Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Liposuction, Cosmetic Eye Lid and Eye Brow Surgeries, Face Lift, Neck Lift, etc. I was originally from New York. New York City in fact. I went to College at Brown University. Then I continued there for Medical School for a total of 8 years. I did the initial portion of my surgery residency at Case Western Reserve then continued on at Southern Illinois University where I was able to join my wife in her first choice plastic surgery program. My office telephone number is (209) 551-1888 if you want an appointment. Disclaimer: Please see your physician in person for specific medical advice, this webpage is intended for information, not advice directed towards you.