When Can I Return to Work After a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
You’re definitely interested in a tummy tuck procedure – but there’s just one thing holding you back from undergoing the surgery: your work schedule.
Let’s face it: It’s hard enough trying to carve out time for a vacation. Between meetings, projects, and team building, there’s not a work day that goes by where you’re not playing an essential role. And it’s this precise feeling that makes you nervous about taking significant time off work for a tummy tuck procedure.
So with that in mind, when can you return to work after a tummy tuck procedure?
How Much Time Off from Work Will I Need?
If you’re envisioning needing to take a month off from work, don’t worry – recovering from a tummy tuck procedure is surprisingly quick. Most patients can return to their workplace 10 to 15 days after their surgery. The only exception to this rule is if you have a more manual job than your typical office role. Since you’ll be prevented from lifting significant weight for the first 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure, you’ll need to discuss when you can go back to work with your plastic surgeon.
Keep in mind that even if you go back to work after two weeks, your body will still be in recovery mode. That means no working overtime, no late nights, and intense workouts at your local gym. Take everything one step at a time, as that’s the best approach to making sure you recover fully from your abdominal surgery.
During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will outline what you can expect from the recovery process, including key milestones for when you can start reintroducing key activities back into your life. Post-procedure, you’ll have a few follow-up appointments to ensure that your recovery is progressing smoothly.
Curious to see if you’re a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kyle Song at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA to find out more. (949) 701-4454