Recovery from tummy tuck surgery calls for rest and limiting yourself to light activities. Patients should walk around often beginning early after surgery to improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur for up to a few weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within two weeks. It may be necessary to wear a support garment for several weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activities for six weeks after surgery.
Abdominoplasty requires a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen. This incision is concealed below the bikini line so that any scarring can be hidden by clothing. Scars after tummy tuck surgery are likely to fade as time passes. Patients can minimize scarring by avoiding direct sunlight and following Dr. Mesbahi’s postoperative recommendations for scar treatment and healing.
Patients are given general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain during tummy tuck surgery. Any pain during recovery will be temporary, and medications can be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.