Tummy Tucks Part II – Tummy Tuck Recovery Expectations & Results

Tummy Tuck Before After

In the past, tummy tucks were one of the more difficult aesthetic surgery procedures to recover from, but recent advances have improved the recovery period significantly.

For instance, the use of certain deep suturing techniques – called progressive tension sutures – have eliminated the need for postoperative drains in many cases. In addition, new methods of pain control including pain pumps and long-lasting injections of local anesthetic can make it much easier to get comfortable and move around during the early post-operative period. Furthermore, these types of pain control often mean that you need fewer pain pills by mouth, and that helps prevent constipation after tummy tuck surgery.

Overall recovery after a tummy tuck varies for every patient, but most patients are driving a car in a week or less and are often able to return to work in 2-3 weeks, depending on the physical requirements at work. Light exercise like walking is encouraged early in your recovery, and your physician will guide you in how quickly you should advance to a full workout. Most of the swelling from surgery is gone by 3-4 weeks, but it may take 3-4 months are longer until all of the swelling is gone. The scar will continue to fade and improve for at least a year.

Tummy tucks are becoming more and more popular because they work . . . after you are healed, the results can be dramatic. Patients feel they look better in their clothes (and out) and many patients who have shunned bathing suits for years feel comfortable letting their midriff show at the pool or beach. A tummy tuck can really give a sense of freedom and confidence.

If you are thinking about a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedure, come and visit us at the Emory Aesthetic Center. We can help you figure out the options that are best for you and fit your needs.

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