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How To Walk After A Tummy Tuck

February 21, 2014

Adrienne Yanich, plastic surgery RN, narrates this instructional video that shows the best bent-over and “jackknifed” positions after abdominoplasty surgery.

Tips To Standing Up Straight After A Tummy Tuck

During abdominoplasty, the tissues are pulled tight at the waistline. It’s important to maintain a bent over, or jackknifed position when standing and when walking for the first week or so. As the tissues begin to heal, it is safe to achieve a more straight position.

However, this jackknifed position is critical for the first week, even when attempting to sit or lie down. The knees should be lifted, the feet and the head should maintain an elevated position whether it’s with pillows or with a recliner chair. This protects the incision and protects the abdominoplasty results.

How Long Before I Can Stand Straight After A Tummy Tuck? 

Every individual body is different and your recovery depends on a few factors, including the complexity of your procedure and your dedication to aftercare. The average time until a patient can stand straight after their procedure is 1 – 2 weeks, with most being able to after about 7 days.