Hello and thanks for posting your question on RealSelf.com!Recovery after an abdominoplasty procedure can be frustrating for some patients. The majority of the pain comes from the act of the surgeon plicating the abdominal muscle and fascia. This can provoke pain and muscle spasms. The skin excision and tightly pulled abdomen may necessitate altering your posture as the skin slowly stretches out. Swelling accumulates in the lower border and sides and can take weeks to months to subside in total. Give yourself at least 4-6 weeks of recovery time. Your swelling will go down, your pain will subside and your posture will improve. Visit your plastic surgeon as scheduled and let them reassure you that you are well within the norm of patients. Hang in there and be excited for your outcome!!
give it time. if you were standing up straight now; you would be complaining in 6 months that it is too loose. think of pregnancy... things stretch out as much as need be
Congrats on your recent surgery! Since you are so early after surgery, it is very common to feel so tight in the abdominal area after a tummy tuck. This tightness will slowly resolve over the next few weeks. Some patients continue to feel tight for as long as 3-6 months. Good luck with your recovery!
Thank you for your question. The feeling of tightness can be compounded by post-surgical swelling. I educate my patients to be aware of this and realize that not all patients will have the same amount of swelling, discomfort or tightness. Most of my patients will have the tight feeling for several weeks to months. Most patients will feel the tightness improve in the first three months. You are only 10 days into this process and it would be reasonable to still have a tight feeling for a while. I would recommend you discuss this with your surgeon. Good luck.
Thanks for your
question and congratulations on completing your surgery. Everyone recovers differently, but it does
actually take a few months before a tummy tuck patient feels more ‘normal’. You are still early on in the postoperative
period, so I would suggest giving it some more time. I hope this helps.