How soon can you tell the results?

I'm 37 years old I've had three kids to Syrians I will be going to the Dominican republic on November 13 having the surgery done with Dr. Almontae i'm just wondering what is the healing process how long is it before you see the results handsome can you really start moving around and getting out

Doctor Answers 7

How soon can you tell the results?

You should see a better contour right away in regards to flattened tummy and lack of excess skin.  However, the final outcome of the surgery can take up to 6 months to fully appreciate it.  Although most of the swelling will decrease in 6 weeks, the contour will continue to change for 6 months.

Everyone's recovery can be different depending on his/her pain threshold and surgeon's technique.  Even if you have a high pain threshold and do not require much pain medicine, you will tire easily during the first three weeks of recovery.  You should be ambulating on the same day.  Please talk with your plastic surgeon about his post-op instruction.

Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

Healing Procures Period for Final Results

Swelling can persist for several months and will gradually improve and will look better at three months, six months, and even one year. Frequently the pubic area and the scrotal and penis area for men can become very swollen and discolored during the first two weeks due to gravity as this is the lowest area for swelling to accumulate.

It may take several months for a tummy tuck patient’s scars to soften, for sensation to return, and for relaxing of the tight sensation in the abdomen. In the case of extensive surgery, abdominoplasty recovery can be uncomfortable and may take longer. Scars may stay red, become thick or widen. It can take 12-18 months for the scars to settle.

These can be improved with topical treatments such as BioCorneum, Scar Guard, Scar Fade and Mederma. Redness can be improved with laser treatments and the scars can be kept narrow with products such as Embrace.  On occasion, keloids or hypertrophic scars can develop and will need treatment including Kenalog, 5FU and laser.

During the healing process you should never hesitate to visit your surgeon if you find yourself concerned or worried at all about your healing process. There is always the potential that it can take a certain amount of time, but follow-up appointments are included with the cost of your procedure so that you can keep up with your healing progress and make sure everything is going well. Good luck!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Flattening of the abdomen following TT is immediate

Thanks for your question. Immediately after a TT you can appreciate a flatter tummy. The waistline is usually corrected as well by adding liposuction to the hip areas posteriorly. Recovery is 1-2 weeks before driving and running errands in most people. Usually people who have a desk job can return in 10-14days but they may still have poor stamina. Your surgeon should be able to explain their experience with their patients. Leaving the country for this is ill advised as has been stated. Even a minor complication would be hard to get help with by someone other than your surgeon. Best of Luck!

M. Scott Haydon, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 84 reviews

Healing

It has been my experience that traveling abroad for elective surgery is a tremendous risk.  While there may be financial savings up front, the potential for complications is high, and the management of those complications is extremely difficult.  There is no accountability or responsibility on the part of the foreign surgeon to be available to you and finding a surgeon locally after the fact will drive your overall expenses up.  Furthermore, your health is in greater jeopardy if a complication should occur.  Commenting on your recovery overseas is impossible given the different standard of care abroad.

Hope this helps.


Dr. Ali Mosharrafa

Ali Mosharrafa, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Recovery from a tummy tuck is going to vary. In general, expect to take 2-3 weeks off your normal activities and swelling may persist for up to 6 months. However, you should see an improvement before then. Having said that, I would advise you to think twice about having a tummy tuck done out of your area. The recovery requires a lot of follow up care and all you have to do is peruse this site to see some of the tragic consequences that patients experience when they have their surgeries out of the country. Hope this helps.

Kindly,

Kouros Azar

Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

A Word of Caution

With medical tourism increasing in popularity, patients should exercise extreme caution when choosing to leave the country for their surgery.  Quite often, our office receives calls from patients who have surgery outside of the country and now suffer from a complication.  It may be very difficult to find a doctor stateside to provide follow-up care.  While most tummy tucks go uncomplicated, I have experience with at least two disasters treated in the Dominican Republic.  That being said, the first week following an abdominoplasty is usually the worst.  Most patients are certainly functioning at three weeks' out and within six to eight weeks you should be feeling normal.  While it will take some time for the scar to settle down, you should see results immediately.  If liposuction was added, it will take longer, perhaps up to three months for the final result to become apparent. 

Raymond O. Schultz, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Recovery

Recovery after an abdominoplasty varies, but you should start walking immediately.  You will probably be swollen for months and won't see your final result until 1 year. 

Tyler C. Street, MD
Napa Plastic Surgeon

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