For patients who have already made the decision to have a tummy tuck, the next step is usually to ask about recovery time. In most cases, the extent of a tummy tuck treatment is the key factor to how long recovery takes. However, most patients can return to sedentary work after a week or so.
Preoperative planning is just as essential as postoperative planning in ensuring both a successful surgery and recovery. Dr. Stephen Hardy and his highly trained team at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates in Missoula, MT, will prepare you for treatment so that your safety and healing are prioritized during your life-changing tummy tuck recovery.
A tummy tuck is not a simple procedure. It may require lengthy incisions, the removal of skin and fat, reattaching abdominal muscles, and even liposuction. As a result, there is a significant amount of strain placed on your body. It will take time to recover and properly heal. Since there is risk involved with all surgery, it is imperative that you follow Dr. Hardy’s instructions so as to avoid postoperative complications and a lengthy recovery time.
Possible complications include:
The time it takes to recover from a tummy tuck will vary from patient to patient. The extent of your tummy tuck surgery will be a big factor in your recovery time. You should plan and schedule at least two weeks away from work.
Most oral pain medication will be needed for at least the first five to seven days, which will limit your ability to drive and possibly limit your function at work. However, some patients may be able to return to a sedentary job after a week.
Preoperative planning is just as essential as postoperative planning in ensuring both a successful surgery and recovery.
Your first week home from surgery will include mild to moderate levels of pain, bruising, swelling, and tightness. During week two, there should be a decline in pain and tightness, but some swelling may still be present. Around day 10, you may feel ready to return to work. After the third week, you will start to see your results emerge as the swelling subsides.
Preparing your home for recovery well in advance will allow you the chance to heal without stress, added fatigue, or additional pain. Proper planning before a tummy tuck operation will lay the groundwork for a comfortable recovery period. Some of the ways you can prepare for your recovery include:
During your recovery, it is also important to walk around the house as much as possible. This will loosen up your body, reduce painful swelling, and reduce your risk of blood clots.
At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, you are not just another number in a long list of patients, but a valued member of our practice. We respect the trust you place in us for your reconstructive and cosmetic surgery needs. If you have any additional questions regarding your tummy tuck recovery, please contact us today online or by calling us at either of our offices.