If you are thinking about having a tummy tuck, you may be considering the different aspects of the surgery, including the risks and recovery time. Here is an overview of the recovery process you can expect after a tummy tuck procedure:
- Length of Recovery
After your tummy tuck, it will take several weeks for you to feel like your old self again, and full results will take at least that long to appear. However, you'll feel better within a few days, and by maintaining a healthy diet and a doctor-approved exercise routine, you'll be well on the road to recovery within a few weeks.
- Pain Management
Discomfort in the days immediately following a tummy tuck can usually be controlled with oral pain medication, and once the healing process has progressed, you'll start to feel better and will need less medication. One of the indicators of when you can go home after your procedure is how well your pain can be controlled by oral medication only.
- Resuming Exercise
While gentle activity like walking is important in hastening the recovery from a tummy tuck, no strenuous exercise should occur until at least six weeks after your abdominoplasty surgery. Ask your surgeon which exercises are safe for you do during your recovery and which ones to avoid so you stay healthy and protect your incisions.
- Other Considerations
You'll probably spend at least a few days in bed after your tummy tuck, which is normal. Your doctor will determine when you can return to work and resume your normal daily activities. It's probably a good idea to have someone with you during the first week of your recovery to assist you with your needs.
If you want to have a tummy tuck or have questions about the procedure, visit the experts at Premier Plastic Surgery. We also offer breast reduction and augmentation as well as liposuction. Call (832) 431-5296 to schedule a consultation.