Want a Tummy Tuck - want to know how long recovery is and will I have to be in hospital after surgery. (photo)
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Recovery after tummy tuck and hospital stay?
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Thank you for your question.
The evening of surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed for short walks to promote blood circulation. Although you may not be able to stand up completely straight, it is best if you do not sit for long periods of time during the first several days. Straining, bending and lifting must be avoided, since these activities might cause increased swelling or even bleeding. You may be instructed to sleep on your back with a pillow under your knees.
Any surgical drains probably will be removed within a week following surgery, at which time your dressings may also be changed or removed. For the most part, doctors do not feel that abdominal binders are beneficial and in many cases may hinder wound healing. The reason for this is that the pressure caused by abdominal binders probably inhibits blood flow to the abdominal skin flap. Generally, stitches will be removed at two weeks after surgery.
You will notice swelling, which is to be expected. Although bruising is uncommon even if concomitant lipoplasty is performed, it occasionally occurs. The bruising and much of the swelling will disappear over a period of weeks. However, it may be months before all swelling subsides and you see the final result of your abdominoplasty. You may also notice some numbness over portions of the abdominal area, and this may persist for several months. Incisions will initially be red or pink in color. They will remain this way for many months following surgery and may even appear to worsen before they finally begin to fade. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
Tummy Tuck: Hospital or Outpatient Surgery Center?
Abdominoplasty involves a recovery period of 10 to 14 days longer than most plastic surgical procedures. Initial discomfort and decreased mobility is typical. 3-5 days or more of assistance at home is usually indicated. You will be encouraged to move and walk regularly starting the day of surgery. Wearing your TED stockings at all times, except while washing, to prevent venous clots (deep vein thrombosis) is mandatory. Light activity is comfortable in 10-20 days. No sports or heavy lifting for 6 weeks or more – please discuss with your doctor for specific questions.
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How long is tummy tuck recovery
Your photo suggests you are an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck with liposuction.
- Usually you do not need to be in hospital
- recovery is 2 weeks to full return of normal activity
- 4-6 weeks to full return of energy and physically active jobs
- Recovery is much easier if your surgeon can give you an Exparel injection into the muscle at the end of surgery. It greatly reduces the pain and speeds your recovery.
Hope this information helps. Best wishes.
Recovery after tummy tuck
How long will your hospital stay and recovery be after your tummy tuck?
Typically, my tummy tuck patients are returning to work in 10-14 days following surgery after the drains have been removed. I tell most patients that they can return to light aerobic activities at 3 weeks. At 6 weeks, they are free to resume all normal activities.
I perform my cosmetic surgeries out of my in-office fully-accredited operating suite. All of my surgeries are done on an out-patient basis, so there is no need for a hospital stay. A tummy tuck can be safely performed as an outpatient. If you would prefer to sleep in your bed the night after surgery, I would advise finding a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area that has a similar OR to mine.
Best of luck!
Recovery after a Tummy Tuck
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