How Long Does It Generally Take to Completely Heal After a Full Tummy Tuck?

Hi, how long does it take to completely heal after a full tummy tuck? How long does it take for the incisions to completely heal?

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Healing after a tummy tuck

Hi there, Thanks for your question. There are different stages to healing and it is important to distinguish between healing and final result. Your wounds themselves should be healed by 2 weeks, although even as early as72 hours the incisions themselves should be sealed. By 6 weeks the wounds will have reached their full strength, however it will take the scars at least 12 months and often longer to reach full maturity. That is they will continue to improve and fade for 1 or 2 years!!! Regarding the rest of the recovery. Most of the swelling should be gone by 2-3 weeks, however depending how much liposuction and other factors, you could still notice improvments for up to a year. In terms of returning to work and vigourous activity, I usually advise 6 weeks, because by that stage the wounds have reached their full strenght and most of the swelling will have settled and the repair of your muscles should be strong.   Hope that helps,   Kind regards   Richard Bloom Plastic Surgeon, Melbourne Australia Board Chairman Plastic Surgery Training

Melbourne Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after an abdominoplasty

Healing comes in stages.  The incisions themselves will be healed in 10 to 14 days.  You should be able to get back to activities of daily living between the 2nd and 3rd week.  Vigorous activities can be resumed in 6-8 weeks.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Healing time after a fuu tummy tuck

The initial healing time for skin incision is approximately 10 days. However because of muscle tightening procedures performed while doing a full tummy tuck, a 6 -8 weeks time is necessray before returning back to do unlimited physical activities. Therefore you can plan on returning to light  work and doing routine activities in one week. 

Fereydoon S. Mahjouri, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck healing

Generally, I advise patients to take at least 2 weeks off from work.  The incisions heal within 4-6 weeks and then final resolution of the scar will take up to one year.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Healing from tummy tuck

In general no heavy lifting for 6 weeks or so. Most people return to work in 2-4 weeks. The scar will mature over 12-15 months and should fade to white when healed.

Kurtis Martin, MD
Cincinnati Plastic Surgeon
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Complete healing of a tummy tuck

Thank you for the question. Generally the overall healing takes about 4-6 weeks. 

The soreness and swelling that occurs in the immediate period after surgery takes 1-2 weeks. 

However the scar continues to heal up to a year. But results are seen immediately and they improve over time. 

All the best,

Dr. Dana Khuthaila 

Dana Khuthaila, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck Healing

It takes at least 5-6 weeks to heal from a tummy tuck.  Your scar can take 6-12 months to mature and fade.  In terms of your recovery, most of my patients are able to drive 7-10 days after their tummy tuck.    In general, you really should plan no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 5-6 weeks.  Walking straight up should be fine also approximately 7-10 days after surgery.   Please talk to your PS about the anticipated recovery.   And plan ahead.  Best wishes.

Dr. Basu

Houston, TX

C. Bob Basu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does It Generally Take to Completely Heal After a Full Tummy Tuck?

       Most of the time the incision is healed by 4 to 6 weeks.  The scar will improve in quality over a year.                                                                                                                                                   Kenneth Hughes, MD                                                                                                           Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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