What is recovery like after an Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery?
Keep in mind that everybody heals differently and there are many factors that can influence how quickly your body recovers from Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery. You can expect your recovery process to generally proceed as follows:
After your Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery, bandages will be applied to your abdomen and you will most likely have small, temporary drainage tubes below your skin to prevent fluid collection. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to help you feel as comfortable as possible. Your plastic surgeon may also advise you to sleep in a recliner rather than a bed to keep your body in a flexed position and to make getting up easier.
You will be encouraged to stand and walk as soon as you can after your surgery. Because you will not be able to stand completely upright for at least this week, walking may be somewhat difficult at first. It is important to maximize your blood circulation at this stage of the recovery process by moving around.
By the time the first weekends, all tubes will be removed, stitches will be out, and your abdominal bruises and swelling will have peaked.
First Few Weeks
You must be careful not to lift, bend over quickly, or otherwise strain your abdomen during this early recovery stage. After three or four more weeks, your abdominal bruises and swollen areas will obviously start to disappear and you can expect to:
1)_ Stop wearing any kind of support device
2)_ Begin increasing your activity level and exercising in moderation
3)_ Return to work in about two weeks, as long as your job is not too strenuous
After a few months, you will begin to see the improvements from your Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery. At this time you should enjoy full sensitivity and comfort in your abdomen, and you will notice the scars from the incisions beginning to fade.