Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is surgery to make the abdomen firmer. Usually it involves removing excess skin from the lower abdomen to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. It is a good choice for a candidate with loose tissue after pregnancy, or sagging skin left over after a major, rapid weight loss.
Factors Impacting Recovery
Several factors may affect the time it may take you to recover from an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. These can include your overall health and physical fitness, the type of tummy tuck surgery performed, and your adherence to the surgeon’s post-operative guidelines.
Don’t Rush Your Recovery
Patients are often in a hurry to see their final tummy tuck results, and these patients will find the tummy tuck recovery process frustrating. Be patient. Bear in mind that a tummy tuck involves removing no small amount of skin, tightening muscles, and, if liposuction is combined with the tummy tuck surgery, the extraction of fat. Your body will need time to recover and adjust to these changes in your body after your surgery.
Variables in Recovery
Healing is always an individual matter, and a tummy tuck is no different in that regard. Expect to miss at least a week or two of work for your recovery. Some people need up to four weeks. It will probably take several more weeks beyond that to recover fully and feel totally normal, and quite a while to see the full benefit of the surgery. If you were in good physical condition before the surgery you can probably expect a shorter recovery time.
Types of Tummy Tuck and Their Impact
A partial, or mini, tummy tuck involves smaller incisions. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
An extended tummy tuck is a complete abdominoplasty that extends to the fronts of the thighs and flanks (sides). There are also combined procedures, and an abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction contouring, breast reduction, breast lift, and occasionally hysterectomy, depending on the reason for the hysterectomy.
All told, a tummy tuck may be an effective way to improve the appearance of your abdomen, but bear in mind that it is a surgical procedure and such procedures invariably involve an element of risk.
To find out more about the Tummy Tuck recovery process, and find out if you are a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck, request a free consultation with a Tummy Tuck surgeon near you.