There are several factors that will determine the length of your recovery from a tummy tuck. The type of tummy tuck performed, your state of health and fitness prior to surgery, and your willingness to follow board-certified Virginia plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Desman’s postoperative advice will all be factors in your recovery.
A tummy tuck is a complex surgical procedure that involves the tightening of your abdominal muscles and removal of excess fat and skin. Your body will require time to recover from these things. Nearly all tummy tuck patients believe that the procedure and recovery are justified by the results they achieve. Carefully following Dr. Desman’s postsurgical advice can help ensure your recovery time is as short as possible.
You may be required to spend the night following your surgery in the hospital. This is determined on a patient-by-patient basis. In either case, you can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the first few weeks. This can be dealt with through diligent use of the compression garment supplied by our office and the use of medications prescribed by Dr. Desman.
Your stitches will dissolve on their own, but your compression garment will need to be worn for four weeks. During this time, you may be able to return to work, but should avoid strenuous physical activity. Gentle walks will help reduce swelling and are encouraged during this stage.
Dr. Desman will work with you postoperatively to help you determine when you can resume all of your normal activities. This can take several months. It is important that you follow all of Dr. Desman’s advice during this period to help avoid complications and ensure pleasing results.
If you live in or around Washington D.C. or Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax County and Springfield, Virginia, and would like more information about tummy tuck recovery, please contact the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Desman today.