Tummy tuck. (photos)

In your opinion, how many weeks/months can you see what will be close to your final result after a tummy tuck? Below is my before

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Healing after a tummy tuck

Thank you for your question. Healing after a tummy tuck is usually pretty straight forward.  There is a process of swelling and bruising that peaks at 3 days after surgery and then undergoes the first stage of major resolution in the first 2 weeks after surgery.  The lateer phase of healing takes place over the 2-3 months after surgery where everything really settles and softens.  It is after this time that we are getting close to the final result, though this varies patient to patient. 

Colombia Plastic Surgeon
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Results after tummy tuck

If your recovery goes well, you should have a good idea of how you’ll look at about 6 months after surgery. This is a conservative estimate. However, residual swelling can take about a year to fully subside. If you experience complications during your recovery, then it can take much longer to get an idea of your final results.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling , some advices:

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us.
To reduce the swelling, I recommend you perform daily lymphatic drainage massage therapy over the abdomen and wear a postoperative girdle from thigh to the breasts.
If after six months post-op, I recommend you send us your photos again, to give you more information about how we can solve this problem.
Kind regards,
Dr. Emmanuel Mallol Cotes.-

Emmanuel Mallol Cotes, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 272 reviews

Full Tummy Tuck Results

Recovery time is based on consideration of many factors.  Age, health status, previous surgeries can all play a role in the length of time necessary for an individual to feel better after surgery. Generally speaking, at 16 weeks most of the swelling should have subsided, but not necessarily all of the swelling.

William Franckle, MD, FACS
Voorhees Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Tummy tuck final results

It can take up to 6 months for the swelling to fully resolve following a tummy tuck. Follow your surgeon's post op instructions to the letter, but a lot will depend on how your individual body heals. Hope this helps.


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Kouros Azar, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Tummy Tuck - Post Op Swelling?

Thank you for your question. You should expect to have swelling for three to six months following tummy tuck surgery. Use of a properly fitted compression garment will help decrease the length and severity of the post-operative swelling. As the swelling decreases, the contour of your abdomen, flanks, and hips will dramatically improve. Please follow your plastic surgeons specific advice regarding your level of physical activity. Hope this helps and good luck with your recovery.

Steven J. Rottman, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Post tummy tuck swelling

Hi laurziee523,

Thank you for your question and attached photos.  Swelling after surgery can feel like it takes forever.  The majority of your swelling will be gone at 3 months, but it takes up to 1 year to see a "final" result.  You may want to discuss lymphatic massage with your plastic surgeon.  Some people find this helpful to speed the resolution of your swelling. 

Hope that helps.


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David Boudreault, MD
Palo Alto Physician
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Final changes

Thank you for your question. Usually it will take about about 3-4 months after surgery and changes can happen upto 6 months. Please follow instructions from your PS

Ven Erella, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Post Op Receovery Timeline


Thank you for your question. It will take at least 6 months for you to see your final results. Residual swelling in the abdomen can last 4 months or more. Typically, people see a lot of improvement by two months post op however. I recommend that you let your Plastic Surgeon know if you have any concerns.

All the best

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 179 reviews

Tummy Tuck Recovery

It will take up to 3 months for major changes to occur and can take up to a year before you reach your final result and all of the swelling has resolved. Be patient and continue to follow up with your surgeon.

Don W. Griffin, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

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