Many women interested in tummy tuck surgery are concerned about the downtime following the procedure. Managing a busy schedule and caring for young children can be difficult when trying to safely recover from a procedure like the tummy tuck. This is why our team ensures you understand what to expect after surgery to help you prepare as much as possible.
During the initial recovery period, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising, but this should gradually fade over the first few weeks. A compression garment should be worn to aid in the healing process, and oral pain medication can be taken to help control any discomfort you experience. Our doctors recommend you take short walks as soon as you feel ready after surgery to facilitate healing.
At New York Plastic Surgical Group, we utilize advanced surgical techniques to minimize trauma to the abdomen whenever possible. Since incisions are typically made below the bikini line, patients can typically conceal their residual scarring. Most patients need one to two weeks before returning to work, but it is important to note that it can take several weeks to fully recover. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks to prevent any complications from occurring.
Although every patient heals at a different rate, our plastic surgeons will communicate what you may experience at every step of your recovery. More specific details regarding your recovery will be discussed with you during your consultation and follow-up visits.