I get many questions about tummy tuck recovery. Although it looks like it might be painful, my patients have an extremely quick recovery. I have several technical tricks I use in my surgery and also am extremely gentle when operating so my patients have little to no bleeding, minimal bruising, and very little pain. Most of my patients take only a day of prescription pain medication – sometimes just Tylenol. They are up and walking a few hours after surgery and at a week feel pretty much back to normal.
The picture above is a patient ONE day after surgery. She had had 4 children which resulted in excess skin and loosening of the abdominal muscles. She only had to take one pain pill and had little to no bruising. She is still swollen since she had surgery less than 24 before so her abdomen will continue to tighten and her abdominal contour will continue to get more defined – but even at one day after you can see what a dramatic difference this made.
Although the recovery is fast – I do emphasize to my patients although they feel great, they still need to take care of their surgery site and no heavy lifting for 6 weeks. I contour the abdomen and create a belly button in a way that looks natural and hide the scar low enough to be covered by almost any bikini bottom or underwear. Tummy tucks are one of my favorite surgeries and create dramatic life changing transformations. I’m about to start today’s surgeries. I hope you all have a great day.