Give it sometime, you had some adverse effects
It seems that you had some adverse effects following your surgery. This will make your recovery a little harder. In general 3 weeks following this procedure you will start feeling well. With a chest infection ,steroids on board etc... too many factors involved. Give it some time. Work with your doctors until you are back to normal.
The body takes time to heal after a Tummy Tuck!
Different people heal differently, and there are different type of Tummy Tuck procedures. But usually, most of my patients go back to their routine work activities in two weeks, and do light exericising in 4 weeks, with no sit ups. Most people feel their normal self in about 8-12 weeks, but will still have some bad days, here and there, for up to 6-8 months more.
Recovery: slow but steady
Sounds like you have had a very difficult post-operative course.
It's normal to feel blue during recovery. Fatigue and irregular sleep contribute to emotional lows after surgery.
Dehydration and inadequate nutrition make things worse, so be sure to drink lots of water and eat lots protein.
When recovery is further slowed by complications, it can be very depressing.
It s very important to know that you will heal, and you will feel yourself, again.
Your surgeon and staff are there to support you during this tough time.
Recovery from a Tummy Tuck
The recovery from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) generally takes about 2-3 weeks to begin returning to normal activity. Some patients heal faster, and some take longer. In your case it seems like you had a rougher time than average. The chest infection definitely will weaken you making your recovery longer. Also, it is a bit unusual to need any transfusions with this surgery. In my experience the amount of bleeding is very little. In any case, you had a more difficult time than average. But don't worry, once you are fully healed the results will be great.
If you would like more information about abominoplasty I would recommend checking out the attached link. You will find lots of good information and even be able to see how the operation is done using animation.
I hope this info helps...
Typically, I tell my tummy tuck patients to plan on missing two weeks of work, no heavy lifting for at least four weeks, and that it will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks until they feel back to normal. When a tummy tuck is combined with other procedures the recovery period is not only more strenuous, but also longer in some cases. In addition, I think patients who undergo multiple procedures at once have a higher likelihood of experiencing a complication. Lastly, it's important to remember that it takes a minimum of one year for a patient's body to be completely recovered from any surgery.
Sorry to hear about your difficult recovery. This process varies with age, nutritional status, and underlying health issues. Most of my patients return to work within 2 weeks following abdominoplasty. When this procedure is combined with others, recovery time is often slightly longer. Anemia (low blood count) may contribute to a prolonged recovery. When a complication is involved (hematoma, infection, wound dehisence), it may take several weeks to return to normal daily activities. Frequent follow up visits with your doctor may be necessary. A balanced diet, plenty of rest, and a positive attitude will all contribute to your recovery.
Recovery after a tummy tuck
When I see patients after a tummy tuck, I typically hear them complain that they are “exhausted”, they say “I feel like I was hit by a truck”, and “I feel tight”, but they don’t typically complain about pain after a tummy tuck. Don’t get me wrong, they all take some kind of pain medication, but the main complain is not typically the pain level. The worst part seems to be the first three days, after that they truly get better much faster. Most patients are back at work in about 2 weeks. Discomfort might last as much as three weeks, but that is not typical for a standard tummy tuck. I also ask patients not to exercise for six weeks and then to begin aerobic activity only. They can start aggressive weight training by 12 weeks (this is a little conservative, but I don’t like to take any chances).
Time to recover and feel normal after a tummy tuck
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The first 2-3 days after surgery there is a good amount of pressure and tightness from repairing the stretched rectus muscles. The feeling is similar to a hard workout. We usually prescribe pain pills such as Norco (Vicodin) or Percocet and a muscle relaxant such as Soma or Flexeril. You will need help from someone the first 2-3 days. A drain is placed which is removed at approximately 1 to 1.5 weeks. Most people usually go on with light normal activities at that time. No heavy lifting or exercising for 6 weeks. The results will be visible right after the procedure. It takes several months for the swelling to subside. Generally, patients wear the compression garment 6 weeks and longer if necessary. After 6 weeks most people will feel much better and significantly recovered, though full recovery takes 1 year.
Best of luck, Dr. Michael Omidi
An in-person exam with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to assess your needs and provide true medical advice.
Expect restrictions for 2+ weeks.
Abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin while
simultaneously tightening the abdominal muscles. Patients can anticipate
limited physical activity for ten to fourteen days following surgery. I
typically tell my patients bathroom and kitchen privileges initially with slow
resumption of normal activity over the next two weeks. Patients can usually
return to work in two weeks if no strenuous activity or heavy lifting is
involved. After seven to eight weeks, patients can resume all their normal
activities including heavy lifting.
vast majority of abdominoplasty patients have resumed their normal activities
within three months of surgery, but the wound healing process continues for up
to a year following this procedure. During this period of time, patients
occasionally note swelling, pulling, numbness and tightness. These symptoms
usually disappear with the passage of time.
complications such as bleeding and infection occur, the healing process may be
delayed and recovery slowed. When this situation arises, it’s important to
maintain close contact with your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to
address your concerns and alleviate your anxiety.
Recovery from an Abdominoplasty/Lipo/Augmentation Mastopexy
The recovery from a straight abdominoplasty is 2-3 weeks and back to the gym in 4-6 weeks typically. When adding other procedures, the recovery may be longer especially in light of your complications. Being anemic enough to require transfusions as well as an overlying infection will drain you of energy. Trust your plastic surgeon to get you through this time and be patient. It may be up to 3 months before you're feeling like yourself again.