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When should pain subside from a Tummy Tuck? Are essential oils okay to use on a incision? If so, when?

I had a tummy tuck w/ hernia and muscle repair about 2.5 weeks ago. I still have a lot pain when I move around. When can I expect the pain to subside? When will I be able to sleep in bed? I've been sleeping in a recliner with pillows, it hurts to lay in bed (even w/ extra pillows). Can I use the essential oils of lavender, frankincense, white fir, & helichrysum, along with vitamin e, and coconut oil on the incision 3 weeks post-op? I've read that they will help with healing and lessen the scar.

Doctor Answers (3)

Pain after a tummy tuck

Pain after a tummy tuck can last several weeks, and I usually recommend massaging with oils 3 months afterward.

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck recovery

Pain from a tummy tuck usually subsides over 6-8 weeks. Be careful not to try to move the recovery period forward to fast. The oils seem okay at this point but ask your surgeon. 

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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