If work at home doing office type of work- how soon after a tummy tuck with liposuction will I be able to return to work?

If work at home doing office type of work- how soon after a tummy tuck with liposuction will I be able to return to work? Also, are there things that you can do to minimize the tummy tuck scar? Can a person with NASH disease have plastic surgery?

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Recovery will vary from patient to patient. Typical recovery will be 6 weeks. Patients will return to most normal activities within 2 weeks. Post-op patients can return to the gym for lighter physical activity at 4 weeks and more strenuous activity by 6 weeks.

With regards to your other questions, you will likely be required to obtain medical clearance pre-op (irrespective of NASH). Your condition is not necessarily an absolute contraindication; however, you will need to be evaluated to determine if you are fit enough for surgery.

Scar management will vary. There are a number of topicals and silicone sheeting available for minimizing unfavorable scarring. Scar massage is also important. That being said, regardless of the scar regimen employed, the scar will improve over time.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Recovery will vary from patient to patient. Typical recovery will be 6 weeks. Patients will return to most normal activities within 2 weeks. Post-op patients can return to the gym for lighter physical activity at 4 weeks and more strenuous activity by 6 weeks.

With regards to your other questions, you will likely be required to obtain medical clearance pre-op (irrespective of NASH). Your condition is not necessarily an absolute contraindication; however, you will need to be evaluated to determine if you are fit enough for surgery.

Scar management will vary. There are a number of topicals and silicone sheeting available for minimizing unfavorable scarring. Scar massage is also important. That being said, regardless of the scar regimen employed, the scar will improve over time.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Milind K. Ambe, MD

Published on Mar 17, 2016

If you are working from home, you can resume working after 4 or 5 days. Your downtime is no heavy lifting or strenuous exercising for two weeks from surgery.

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Answered by Milind K. Ambe, MD

If you are working from home, you can resume working after 4 or 5 days. Your downtime is no heavy lifting or strenuous exercising for two weeks from surgery.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Mar 11, 2016

It really depends, but I would say within a week or two. I recommend scaRxtape for my patients, which be worn continuously for two to three months and changed weekly or as necessary. I am not familiar with NASH.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

It really depends, but I would say within a week or two. I recommend scaRxtape for my patients, which be worn continuously for two to three months and changed weekly or as necessary. I am not familiar with NASH.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


David C. Yao MD, FACS

Published on Mar 11, 2016

Thank you for sharing. You bring up several issues. Returning to work at home, if truly light in nature, could be a few days after an abdominoplasty and liposuction. Each patient's case is different.
The scar length is dependent on the patient's needs and contouring goals. The width varies with the patient's body healing, but can be optimized. Talk with your PS about management.

NASH is a medical issue that needs to be individually evaluated. A patient with NASH would need medical evaluation by the PCP, at the very least. In addition, an examination by the PS and anesthesiologist is necessary. See you local providers. Best wishes.

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Answered by David C. Yao MD, FACS

Thank you for sharing. You bring up several issues. Returning to work at home, if truly light in nature, could be a few days after an abdominoplasty and liposuction. Each patient's case is different.
The scar length is dependent on the patient's needs and contouring goals. The width varies with the patient's body healing, but can be optimized. Talk with your PS about management.

NASH is a medical issue that needs to be individually evaluated. A patient with NASH would need medical evaluation by the PCP, at the very least. In addition, an examination by the PS and anesthesiologist is necessary. See you local providers. Best wishes.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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