After Tummy Tuck
Following a Tummy Tuck Procedure
After a tummy tuck procedure there will probably be a moderate
amount of discomfort. Some people will be released within a couple
hours of their tummy tuck procedure, but some people may stay in
the facility overnight depending on the extent of work performed.
The amount of discomfort experienced after a tummy tuck procedure
depends greatly on how tightly the inner girdle area is made. The
tummy tuck surgeon will give the patient instructions and the patient
should begin to move around as soon as possible. Exercise will help
healing by reducing swelling and reducing the risk of blood clots.
Abdominal numbness can last for six months or even longer in some
instances but will pass. There may be some swelling that should
also pass within a few days. The stitches from the tummy tuck procedure
will be removed around a weeks time, and deeper sutures will
be removed in a few weeks. The tummy tuck scars may go through a
period where they worsen in the months following the surgical procedure,
but tummy tuck patients should allow 9-12 months for the scars to
flatten out and for the color to fade. Returning to work can usually
occur about 1-2 weeks after the tummy tuck, but high activity should
be avoided for a month. Everyones individual healing time
will vary so the tummy tuck surgeon will be able to instruct the
patient based on his or her progress.
Choosing to get a tummy tuck procedure is often very rewarding
for the patients. The results can be very significant and the patient
will be pleased with their new flatter stomach. Many people are
frustrated with their stomach shape due to their weakened abdominal
muscles or excess skin and are able to achieve the desired shape
and form. It can take someone a few weeks while it can take another
person months to feel normal again following a tummy tuck procedure.
Tummy tuck procedures are normally long-lasting if a healthy diet
and regular exercise is maintained.