Recovery: How soon after a Tummy Tuck can I go back to work?

Thinking about back to work after a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

This is also a complex question which needs to be discussed in person with your Tummy Tuck Surgeon.  In our case – our Tummy Tuck surgeon in our Modesto practice is Dr. Tammy Wu.

If you do heavy lifting at work

the answer is 6 weeks after your tummy tuck.  You can consider returning to work after 6 weeks for heavy lifting (defined as greater than 10 pounds or more of lifting).

If you mainly do desk work

Or if you mainly do work that does not involve much squatting, core-muscle engagement or lifting.  Then the answer is about 2-3 weeks.


2-3 weeks then back to desk work!

Yes, we’ve had some patients in Modesto who are highly motivated, go back to work in 2 weeks.

More Links regarding Recovery After a Tummy Tuck:

Please talk to your tummy tuck surgeon in person for specific details pertaining to your case.

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.