How Long After Your TT Will It Take for Your Swelling to Subside?

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Swelling after tummy tuck

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Swelling after a tummy tuck takes many months to subside.  You'll probably notice a significant improvement by 3 months, but it can still persist after that.  Depending on where you are in your recovery process, an abdominal binder or some sort of support garment on the tummy may be helpful.

Katy Plastic Surgeon

Tummy Tuck and Swelling

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Swelling after a tummy tuck is normal.  It takes at least 6-8 weeks to have the swelling resolve.  Swelling can improve faster for patients who are more compliant with compression garments and are a little less active. For some patients, it can take several months for swelling to truly resolve.  So don't worry, swelling is a normal process of healing after any surgery.   
Dr. Basu
Houston, TX


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 You are still swollen and it takes 6-9 months for it to subside. Make sure you are using your compression garment to help.


Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Swelling after a tummy tuck can fluctuate depending on activity during recovery

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Swelling after a tummy tuck can fluctuate up to 3-6 months after a tummy tuck depending on the level of activity within a given day.  An abdominal support binder helps with this to bring the swelling down.  I recommend to my patients that if they feel bloated and swollen at the end of a long day, they should place the abdominal binder on and the swelling is down by next morning.

Typically though, at 6 weeks after surgery, the results are starting to take shape and you will have a really good idea of how things will look ultimately.

Richard H. Lee, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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