How Long Does It Take for Muscles to Heal After a Mini Tummy Tuck?

Are muscle spasms common after tummy tucks?

Answers (5)

Muscle Healing After a Mini Tummy Tuck

This is a good question because many people do not think that any muscle repair is done with a mini tummy tuck or mini abdominoplasty. The muscle is often repaired in the mini tummy tucks that I do, especially when there is a bulge in the lower muscles. This helps to get a flatter, more pleasing result that will last a long time.

Many patients think that the recovery is longer when the muscle is repaired in a mini tummy tuck but if a rapid recovery, NO Drain protocol is used, the recovery from a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck is usually about the same, 24 to 36 hours.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.
Brian Windle, MD

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
72 reviews

Allow 6 to 8 Weeks for Muscles to Heal Following Mini Tummy Tuck

Normally, in the course of a mini tummy tuck there is no muscle tightening.In this case, one would not be concerned about muscle healing. If however, muscle tightening was performed to any degree in the course of a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck, then six to eight weeks is required for the muscles to completely heal and not be dependent on the stitches for their strength.During this time it is important to abstain from heavy exercise and strenuous activity.

For a simple and illustrated explaination of tummy tuck and body contouring procedures, watch my video.
John J. Edney, MD
John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
137 reviews

Mini tummy tuck and muscle pain

Everyone is different, but most of my patients that have a diastasis repair usually feeel much better after a week and then almost  back to normal in two weeks in terms of pain.

Steven Wallach, MD
Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
30 reviews

Muscle healing after a tummy tuck

The standard answer for your question is six weeks. It takes that amount of time for the muscles to heal adequately so that you are no longer relying on the sutures to hold them in place. Any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting prior to six weeks risks tearing out the muscle stitches causing bleeding and bulging. Muscle spasms are not unusual after a tummy tuck but are normally short-lived. If they are a problem, talk to your surgeon about a trial of muscle relaxants.

James McMahan, MD
James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
43 reviews

Mini Tummy Tuck Healing?

Thank you for the question. 

Muscle spasms are very common after tummy tuck surgery.  The frequency of the muscle spasms  decrease over time but may continue for the first few months after surgery.  Sometimes muscle relaxants may be helpful for treatment.

I hope this helps.

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