I Had Tummy Tuck 7 Days Ago and I Was Using my Lap Top in Bed for an Hour?

I'm worried because after an hour of using lap top I realized it was rested on my abdomen not on my thighs. I don't feel pain, but now I'm stressing. Could I have damaged my results? The only thing I do notice is there is more fluid in my drainage than usual.

Doctor Answers 9

Laptop on Tummy after Tummy Tuck

    I think that a 3 lb laptop on your tummy for one hour after tummy tuck has an extremely low risk of causing any harm. 

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Laptop and tummy tuck

Resting a lap top on your legs after a tummy tuck will doubtfully cause any problems. I would not sweat that one!

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Laptop after tummy tuck

Congrats on your tummy tuck. I think that it would be highly unlikely that your laptop could affect your long term results. The weight of the laptop and the short amount of time should not affect how your belly ultimately looks. 

If you are concerned about how anything looks, you should immediately contact your plastic surgeon. Otherwise, try to relax and allow your recovery to proceed.

Best of luck with your remaining recovery.

Jeff Rockmore

Jeffrey Rockmore, MD
Albany Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Laptop Unlikely to Affect Results

Thank you for your question.  Fortunately, one hour of laptop use is unlikely to have harmed your results. The increased fluid drainage is likely coincidental.  As long as everything looks normal you should be fine. Consult your surgeon if you have questions or concerns.

Robert F. Centeno, MD, FACS
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Injury after TT?

Unless you can see changes in the skin it is very unlikely that any damage could have been done. A burn from the heat of the laptop on a numb abdomen would be the greatest risk, but you would see changes in the skin.

Thank you for your question, all the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Laptop on the Tummy Tuck

The small amount of weight the laptop has is fairly well distributed over a large area so the chance of causing any damage is minimal.  If you saw any persistent color changes (blue, purple, or black), I would contact your plastic surgeon for him/her to evaluate it.


Robert Kratschmer, MD

Robert Kratschmer, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Pressure on tummy tuck incision

I think you are fine in this case.  The weight of your laptop for one hour should not have any effect on your tummy tuck healing. 

Sacha Obaid, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

Lap Top Computer on Abdomen After Tummy Tuck

While it is best to avoid any pressure or heat on your abdomen after a tummy tuck. 1 hour of a lap top is unlikely to cause a problem. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 68 reviews

Tummy tuck

If the skin color is unchanged, then it is unlikely any damage was done. If you put enough pressure on the skin to cause a problem, then you would see some type of color change.

Gregory Sexton, MD
Columbia Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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