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Recovery from Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty)


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Your recovery from a tummy tuck very much depends upon which type you had and your own circumstances.  The more extensive your surgery the longer it will take for you to recovery fully.  Realistically it can take up to six months for you to fully recover from your surgery, although you ought to be able to resume normal activities six weeks after your surgery.  

First week following a Tummy Tuck

If the surgery you had was extensive then it is likely you will have to stay in hospital for at least one night.  The abdominal area will be swollen after surgery, and can be quite painful, causing you some discomfort. You will be given medication, namely painkillers and anti-inflammatories.  After leaving hospital you will need to be on bed rest for a few days until you can sit up and are comfortable.  Therefore it would be helpful to have someone to help you until you can manage basic tasks alone.  You will be given advice on how to treat your dressings and how to perform tasks such as showering by your clinic.  A week after your surgery you will have any non-dissolvable stitches removed. The sooner you can get up and about the better, and the faster your recovery will be.

First month of recovery from a Tummy Tuck

You are likely to be given a support for your stomach that you might be required to wear for up to a month after your surgery.  These are either in the form of a binder or a stocking that can be worn underneath your clothes.  This is both to lessen the strain on your wounds and to help prevent the formation of blood clots. 

Up to six weeks after your surgery it is recommended that you don’t participate in any strenuous physical activity, including heavy lifting.  It is possible that you can reopen your wounds and set back your recovery.  Non-strenuous exercise within the first month of your recovery can seriously aid the healing process.  Walking is recommended, and an exercise programme can be discussed with your surgeon to ensure you have a speedy recovery, reducing swelling and build up your immune system. 


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