Recovery from a tummy tuck comes in stages, but most of your normal activities can be resumed within the first few stages. The good news is that time will only help with healing. Even for clients who are eager to return to their lives, the first few stages where significant healing takes places happens very quickly.

Recovery Time For Tummy TuckWhat you can expect in the first few weeks

In the first week, you will be able to:

  • Sit upright
  • Resume walking
  • Resume showering

In the second week, you can:

  • Go back to work, as long as it’s not strenuous
  • Drive

As you can see, you will regain the ability to do most of your normal activities soon after the surgery.

What factors affect healing time?

Of course, not every patient is alike, and procedures will require work on different areas. There are some procedures that are known for requiring less work, and they will be advertised in different ways. The main factor is how much muscle tightening needs to be done. Muscle tightening sculpts the abdominal wall to appear flat from the side and hour-glass shaped from the front. The more muscle tightening, the longer the recovery period. Also, depending on the client’s health and comfort level, different patients will experience different healing times even for similar tummy tucks.

What activities will take longest to resume?

Anything strenuous which can affect the healed tissues is strongly advised against:

  • Sexual activity should be put off for 4 weeks
  • No lifting anything above 10 pounds for 4 weeks
  • Refrain from alcohol and smoking for 4 weeks
  • Swimming and baths should be delayed for 4 weeks

What activities promote healing?

Your surgeon will have a healing plan for you, but in addition to avoiding certain activities, there are a few things to help your body. During the first few days, you’ll be sleeping with your legs elevated. You will also sit and walk with your body hunched to prevent stretching your skin. In addition, your surgeon may ask you to wear a bandage around your torso to help with swelling.

How about the later stages of recovery?

A few months into healing, you will have made significant progress. Occasionally, you’ll feel the minor irritations in the area, which is normal. Most of the pain and swelling will have dwindled.

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