You should plan on waiting at least six weeks following tummy tuck surgery to go swimming. This is equally true of taking a bath or anything that would require extended contact between incisions and water. While it is absolutely vital that you use a gentle soap and water to keep incisions clean during the tummy tuck recovery process, soaking them can have adverse effects.
When you come to Renaissance Plastic Surgery for a tummy tuck, Dr. Fata will carefully review pre and postoperative instructions, helping ensure you are fully prepared for what happens before, during, and after the procedure. During this time, any questions you have about tummy tuck recovery, including when you can resume more demanding physical activities and when it will be safe to swim or bathe, can be answered in detail. This varies, to an extent, from patient to patient. In follow-up visits, which are included in the initial cost of your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Fata will better be able to gauge your progress and help you decide when it is okay to return to life as normal.
Soaking incisions can result in a thicker and more obvious scar. So too can allowing them to become infected. Cleaning your incisions and keeping them dry will help prevent this issue. Of course, it would be dishonest to suggest tummy tuck scars will be entirely unnoticeable, but Dr. Fata takes great care to minimize their appearance. You can assist in this effort and help enhance your final results by not swimming or engaging in other contraindicated activities prior to getting the okay from our board-certified plastic surgeon.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about tummy tuck surgery, please call 317-575-9152 today. Located in Indianapolis, Renaissance Plastic Surgery welcomes abdominoplasty patients from all areas of Indiana.