Did you also know that your results are still improving during the weeks, and sometimes months, after your surgery? That is why it is so important to take the time to heal after surgery and follow all post-surgical instructions.
The recovery period from a tummy tuck varies according to the degree of the procedure. Initial wound healing will take approximately five to ten days. You may return to work and normal activities in two to three weeks, so long as you do not engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise. Strenuous activity such as running or weight lifting should be avoided for about six weeks.
After surgery, a compression garment will be applied to decrease swelling. In addition, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess blood and fluid.
After the initial swelling subsides, which takes about six weeks, you can expect a flatter abdomen that better supports your core and leaves you feeling confident in your body image.