Tummy-tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is a popular surgery, and can offer life-changing results, by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. Many women opt for a tummy tuck following pregnancy or weight gain as it can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen.
During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings are applied and you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or a compression garment to reduce swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. Immediately following an abdominoplasty, expect your abdomen to feel very sore or tender. Any pain you feel can be controlled with pain medications.
Expect to have a longer recovery, due to the position of the wound and nature of movement. Even walking can cause movement and so you must be aware of a little bed rest, and after about a week to be able to stand straight and for most, another week or 2 to get back to most normal activities. We expect you to return to full normality after 2-3 months, however, this is job and person dependant and the time it takes to recover varies greatly among patients.
Common side effects experienced by patients who have undergone a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) include bruising, swelling and some redness. Most of these usually subside in one to two weeks as your body adjusts and the incisions heal. After a few weeks, regaining mobility and fitness becomes important.
During your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic hopes, your surgeon will discuss your expectations, and suitability for tummy-tuck surgery to be clear about what approach is best for you.
Based on your goals and the surgeon’s training and experience, you can put together a treatment plan, which is tailored to you.