Abdominoplasy (tummy tuck surgery) is very safe but a somewhat extensive surgery. The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient under general anesthetic, but in some cases an overnight stay maybe recommended. A typical patient will need 7 to 14 days of recovery prior to returning to work. Some may return to work as quickly as 5 days while others may need as long as 3 weeks for their recovery.

After Tummy Tuck SurgeryAfter tummy tuck surgery the skin of the abdomen can often feel very tight and even a little uncomfortable for several weeks. It is helpful to wear loose clothing during this period of time.

The most common concern after a tummy tuck is about the scar that is produced from the removal of loose and extra skin. There is no avoiding a scar. Fortunately the incision scar from the abdominoplasy will fade and flatten in time and often can take 12-18 months to see the final result. To help with the fading of the scar it’s recommended that patients use scar tape and gel early after tummy tuck surgery and continue to use them for 6 to 8 months after the surgery.

Patients should not do any heavy lifting for 6 to 8 weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Walking is strongly recommended and can begin as early as the evening of the surgery. This will help prevent blood clots. Light exercise may be started as early as 4 weeks after surgery. No sit-ups or heavy abdominal straining should be done until approximately 6 to 8 weeks after an abdominoplasy to avoid unnecessary swelling and excessive stress on freshly healed structures. Driving usually can be resumed in 7 to 10 days. After 6 to 8 weeks, the patient may typically return to all normal activities including vigorous exercise.