If you’re interested in getting a tummy tuck, you probably already know that it’s a popular procedure for getting rid of a stubborn stomach pooch and sagging skin.
But will you have to take off several weeks from work just to get those results?
Worry not; it turns out that the timeframe for tummy tuck recovery may be shorter than you originally thought.
Average Length of Time for Tummy Tuck Recovery
While every patient is different, you can expect your tummy tuck recovery to take about six weeks. During these six weeks, you’ll need to wear an abdominal binder, which can help reduce post-op swelling while helping you maintain your new shape.
Most of your recovery will take place during the first two weeks after your tummy tuck surgery. During the first few days, you’ll likely feel uncomfortable as the effects of general anesthesia wear off; this is perfectly normal, and your plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help with this discomfort.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
A majority of patients are able to return to work after the first week of recovery; however, if you have a more manual job, you may be asked to hold off on getting back to work until the end of the second week. You’ll be prohibited from lifting anything heavier than five pounds during the first three to four weeks of your recovery.
When Will I Start Seeing Tummy Tuck Results?
Most patients are able to return to their normal workout routines about six weeks after tummy tuck surgery. You’ll begin to see results at this point in time, although optimal results may not be visible until about six months after your procedure. These abdominoplasty results include a more contoured stomach with tighter skin, a smaller belly button, and the kind of tummy you’ll want to show off in your favorite outfit!
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about what you can expect from your tummy tuck procedure? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137