Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can all affect the appearance of your stomach. Unwanted fat, wrinkled and sagging skin, stretch marks, and displacement of the belly button can make you feel embarrassed about exposing your midriff and self-conscious about your figure.
Recovering from a tummy tuck
Recovering from a tummy tuck may take longer than some other cosmetic procedures, but you should be back to light activity within one to two weeks. For the first week after surgery, we recommend that you rest, keep your head elevated, and apply soft ice packs to your stomach. You will likely have drains in place to reduce swelling and allow fluid to leave your abdomen, which we will remove within the first week.
We recommend following these guidelines during your recovery:
- You can shower within 48 hours after surgery, but you must exercise caution and pat the medical tape and drains dry after the shower. You can change the gauze, but do not remove the medical tape before your first post-operative appointment.
- You should wear a compression garment at all times except when showering for at least four weeks after surgery.
- You must avoid strenuous exercise, bending, and lifting for four to six weeks after surgery.
- We encourage you to perform lower leg and calf exercises while lying down to prevent blood clots. It would be best if you also started taking five-minute walks as soon as you feel up to it.
- We will ask you to avoid exposing the stomach to the sun or heat for three months after surgery, as sun exposure can worsen scarring, and heat can increase inflammation.