Thinking of getting a Tummy tuck, want to get an idea of recovery time and if the scar are really sensitive to touch?

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Tummy tuck recover

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tummy tuck recovery is dependent on whether you have a mini or full and whether you have muscle repair or not; With a mini tummy tuck and no muscle repair, you can recover as quick as 2 weeks and with a full tummy with muscle repair, it may take you 4 weeks.


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One week is usually sufficient to recover. The incision may be tender for a few weeks, but is not usually any problem for most people. Go visit a few ABPS certified/ASAPS member surgeons. 
Best of luck!

Tummy tuck recovery

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Most patients will take one week off from work to recover from a tummy tuck and should avoid heavy lifting for about four to six weeks after surgery. If you have an office/desk job, a week is usually enough time to recover. The scar is typically not very sensitive to the touch, in fact, most patients will experience numbness at the incision site for several months after surgery.
Consult with a few plastic surgeons in person or you can submit some photos to get a better idea if you are a good surgical candidate.

Best wishes,

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck): Information

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 Dear Ms. Tiana9969,

Thank you for your questions. 

Ultimate appearance of the incision site (scar) is dependent on many factors.
The scars per sae are usually not much more sensitive to touch than the surrounding skin.

I have included some additional information regarding scarring that you might find helpful:
1)Incision position, location and form is based on the patients desire and Surgeons experience.
2)All things aside, final scar results are probably 80% genetic. Which means if a careful skin closure was performed.... how you heal is based on your own body and how your biological parents heal.
3)we can modulate healing and hopefully using different pre and post operative modalities:
A) no smoking
B) healthy/balanced diet
C) vitamins

A) gentle handling of the tissue
B) meticulous, multilayered closure (deeper layers) reducing tissue tension using absorbable sutures, alignment of skin using absorbable sutures and when needed
removal sutures.
C)correct size and tension of non absorbable sutures in the skin or when indicated use of skin glue (Dermabond is one brand).
D)tension free (this is relative.... In abdominoplasty it is the most difficult because we are wanting to get a flat and tight abdominal countour)

A)Embrace- a device we put on Abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) incisions
several days after surgery. Please go to their web site.
B)silicone gel sheeting (new gel is one of several brands)
E) lasers
F) steroid injections for over healing (hypertrophic scars/keloids)
G) rarely superficial radiation (recalcitrant keloids)

A) first four days walking in bent over position
B) can return to non physical job in 7-10 days as pain permits
C) physically demanding jobs require 4-6 week off prior to returning to work.

Please make a appt. with experienced Plastic Surgeon who is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (denoting by membership as having met additional criteria and a focus on Cosmetic Plastic Surgery).

My best wishes,I wish you my best and success,

R. A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Diplomate and Certified by the Am. Bd. of Plastic Surgery
4646 Brockton Ave
Riverside, Ca 92506
(951) 686-7600

Robert A. Hardesty, MD, FACS
Riverside Plastic Surgeon

Thinking of getting a Tummy tuck, want to get an idea of recovery time and if the scar are really sensitive to touch?

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Thank you for the question. Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and has reached a long-term stable weight. In the long-term, the vast majority of patients do not have "sensitive" scars.
Generally speaking, the tummy tuck is a major operation associated with a major physical and emotional recovery time, often underestimated by patients.

Since you considering undergoing a major operation which again involves a significant physical and emotional recovery (again often underestimated by surgeons and patients alike), a few words of advice may be helpful:

1. Make sure you are doing the procedure for the right reasons (for yourself) and that you have realistic expectations. Be aware that an improvement in the “problem area” may not translate to an overall improvement in your life situation. You are bound to be disappointed with results of the procedure if your motivation for doing the surgery is not internally driven.

2. Time your surgery carefully; generally, it is not a good idea to have surgery done during or immediately after a stressful period in life (for example divorce or death of a loved one). The additional stress of surgery will undoubtedly be more challenging to deal with if a patient's emotional reserves our already exhausted. Remember, that an improvement in your physical appearance will not translate to an improvement in your life situation.

3. If possible speak to patients who have undergone similar procedures and query them about the toughest times of their recovery period. Any practical hints previous patients can provide may be very helpful.

4. Make sure you are aware of potential complications that may arise how to reach your surgeon if necessary.

5. Make sure you have a strong and patient support system (several people if possible) in place who have time/patience to take care of you. Arrange for professional nursing if any doubt exists regarding the availability and/or stamina of your caretakers.

6. Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. It may also take many months/year to see the end results of your surgery.

7. Be prepared to distract your mind with things of interest such as books, magazines, and movies.

8. Expect less of yourself; do not go back to work, school or chores too early and let others take care of you (for a change).

9. Pick your surgeon carefully (a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon) and trust in his/her advice. Keep in close communication with your surgeon and do not hesitate to communicate questions/concerns and the emotional swings that you may experience.

10. Resume all medications that you were using preoperatively when cleared by your plastic surgeon and stop the use of narcotics and sedatives as soon as feasible after surgery.

11. Keep in mind the end results as you go through the tougher emotional times after your surgery.

I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.