I have developed a gentle tummy tuck technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. You will spend the first night at a plastic surgery after care facility with nursing. They will pick you up from the surgery center and bring you to my office for your first post op visit. After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight but should not be painful. If you do have discomfort, tylenol is usually all that’s needed. I will give you a prescription for a few pain pills to have in case you need them but they are usually not necessary. I encourage patients to stick to Tylenol instead of the prescription pain medication since those pills often create constipation and bloating. You will need to walk bent over for the first 1-2 weeks. There is usually some swelling of the tissues for a few weeks after surgery. You will wear an abdominal binder or compression garment to support your abdomen for 6-8 weeks after surgery. This is something we will measure and provide for you. You will have a few drains places that are removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery. Most of my patients feel almost back to normal at around 1 week after their tummy tuck surgery.
To make sure you have the best possible recovery from your tummy tuck surgery, please follow these instructions:
How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Last?
The speed of recovery depends on your physical condition prior to surgery; those with stronger abdominal muscles usually recover faster. Allow at least 2 weeks to recuperate before returning to work. If you are a patient from out of town, you will need to stay in town for at least 2 weeks after surgery. Wait at least 4 weeks to start any strenuous exercise and 6 weeks to do abdominal exercises. Prior to your tummy tuck, please make plans to have someone help you ambulate after surgery.
Does Tummy Tuck Leave Scars?
Scars take about 12 months to fade. You will start scar treatments at around 2 weeks after surgery. I will discuss scar care in detail with you and also provide you with scar medications and products.
Tummy Tuck Surgery is one of the most life changing surgeries that I do! My patients feel that they can finally fit into clothes that they like without the extra hanging skin getting in the way. They feel much more confident in a bathing suit or bikini. Also many patients are able to exercise better – in addition to cosmetic benefits, abdominoplasty strengthens the core, helps with back pain, and also helps support the pelvic floor. It gives me so much joy to hear many of my patients tell me they finally can walk and exercise without back pain, or that they are able to do certain activities that they couldn’t.