How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Take?

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Take?

A tummy tuck recovery period referred to the healing period after the surgery. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty has been around for a long time, and it is a popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. According to recent statistics, this was one of the top five cosmetic procedures performed on both men and women last year.

Despite the surgery’s popularity, many people have no idea what to expect during their recovery. Knowing the recovery process and timeline can make the tummy tuck procedure go more smoothly for many patients. 

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Factors That Influence Tummy Tuck Recovery Time

The recovery time from a tummy tuck varies among patients. The following are some of the most common factors that influence this:

  • age
  • tummy tuck aftercare
  • general health
  • type of an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck

Types of a tummy tuck include:

  • Mini tummy tuck: This tummy tuck procedure has the quickest recovery time and leaves the least amount of scarring.
  • Full tummy tuck: Although the scar will stretch from hip to hip and recovery will take longer, the scar should be hidden under a bathing suit.
  • Extended tummy tuck: This tummy tuck leaves the most visible scar. Under bathing suits, the scar may be visible, and it takes the longest to heal.

Some of the pain medications can slow down the bowels, so taking steps to avoid constipation after surgery can be beneficial. Trying to force a bowel movement will make you feel uncomfortable. It is not recommended at all.

What To Expect During A Tummy Tuck Recovery Period

We would recommend adhering to your surgeon’s instructions during the procedure strictly. If you have any questions, contact the doctor’s office right away.

A board-certified plastic surgeon is always recommended for a tummy tuck because they have completed rigorous training and safety requirements that other surgeons have not. Throughout the healing process, your board-certified plastic surgeon can provide recovery advice and assistance.

What Happens in a Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck can be performed in various ways, depending on the extent of the change you want to see. In a typical tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon makes horizontal oval or elliptical incisions to take out most of the fat and skin between your belly button and pubic hair. Permanent sutures are then used to tighten the connective tissue (fascia) that lies over the abdominal muscles.

After that, the plastic surgeon will reposition the skin around your belly button. Your belly button will be sutured back into place after being brought out through a small incision. The incision from hip to hip will be stitched together above the pubic hair, leaving a scar that runs along the natural crease in the bikini line.

You may be given an antibiotic to prevent infection during the procedure.

Usually, the procedure takes about two to three hours to be completed.

After Tummy Tuck Procedure

After a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, the abdominal incision and belly button will be covered (most likely) with a surgical dressing. Along with the incision site, small tubes may be placed to drain any excess fluid or blood.

To help prevent blood clots, your health care team members will assist you in walking as soon as the day after your tummy tuck.

You may experience moderate pain that will be managed with pain medication. It’s normal for the surgical area to swell.

After surgery, drains may be left in place for several days. Your surgeon or another member of your healthcare team will demonstrate how to empty and maintain your drains. As long as the drains are in place, you may need to continue taking antibiotics.

After your tummy tuck, your surgeon may prescribe a blood thinner for a short time. You will need to wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about six weeks. This will help you heal by preventing fluid buildup and providing abdominal support. Your doctor will instruct you on how to take care of your scar.

You’ll need to be cautious when moving around for the first six weeks after a tummy tuck. To prevent the wound from reopening, avoid positions that strain your incision line, such as quickly bending at the waist.

Schedule follow-up appointments regularly. Inquire with your doctor about how frequently you should be seen.

When Can a Patient Go Back to Work After a Tummy Tuck?

Patients can consider returning to work after the 14-day recovery period, depending on the nature of their job. Individuals who work from a desk, for example, can return to work sooner than those whose jobs require them to meet certain physical demands.

Patients should not put too much pressure on themselves to return to work too soon. We want our patients to have a quick and safe recovery after their tummy tuck surgery at CosMedicWest clinic. Rest assured that our surgeon & the team will be there for you every step of the way. 

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