When the measuring tape refuses to budge. Blog by Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York in NYC and Long Island.

Keeping your figure after a tummy tuck heavily relies on diet and exercise. We recommend this to all of our patients. What we don’t recommend is using devices to slim the area such as a waist trimmer or trainer shortly after surgery. While we understand patients want to ensure they keep the waist they achieved through surgery, it’s best to wait until after recovery.

Kailyn Lowry – Waist Trimmer Promotion

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Just two weeks after a tummy tuck, Kailyn Lowry posted a photo online of her wearing a waist trimmer. This was to promote the business selling that particular one, and it is unclear whether she was wearing it for a long period of time. However, using a waist trimmer post-operatively may be unwise.

After surgery, the skin and wounds can be highly sensitive. Everything is still trying to heal, especially after two weeks. Any germs that could be on the waist trimmer could cause irritation, or worse, infection. This could delay recovery or cause permanent scarring.

Following Your Plastic Surgeon’s Post-Op Tummy Tuck Instructions

After plastic surgery of any kind, your surgeon will provide post op recovery instructions. You should follow them as closely as possible, so you will heal quickly and correctly.

While many of the recommendations may seem unnecessary, they are for your best interest. Our plastic and cosmetic surgeons have been performing surgeries for many years. Their experience helps you achieve your desired results, and that’s not only while they are working on you; recovery has just as much to do with your results as the procedure itself.

You will likely need to regularly change dressings. You will need to rest a lot and get moving (walking short distances in the house) starting o the night of surgery. You may not lift anything or engage in physical activities for a certain number of days. You will probably not be able to do many of the things you’re used to doing each day, including wearing a waist trainer.

Take care of yourself following surgery. If you’re interested in having plastic or cosmetic surgery, get all of the information you need for before, during, and after your procedure. You can then ask the surgeon questions about what you can and cannot do. This way you know exactly what to expect.

Contact us now for a free consultation at our Manhattan or Commack, Long Island office. We have appointments available Monday through Friday during the day and evenings. We also have Saturday appointments.



*There may be additional instructions and warnings for the procedure you have had done. Please be sure to get this complete list from our staff and do not rely solely on the information provided on this page. The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.