Tummy Tuck Recovery Timeline

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If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, you are probably wondering what recovery is like. Here is a timeline of what you can expect during the recovery process and when it is generally safe to resume your normal activities.

Week One

Immediately after your procedure, you will most likely have some swelling or bruising around your abdomen. In some cases, you may not be able to bend over or stand up straight. To help mitigate the pain and discomfort, Dr. Anthony Miller will give you a compression garment to wear around your waist.

During the first week, you should rest as much as possible. Try to sleep in a reclined position with your head elevated above your body. In addition, you may need a friend or family member to help you out the first few days.

Week Two and Three

About two weeks after your surgery, most of the bruising and overall discomfort should be minimal with some residual swelling. At this point, many patients return to work if they have a sedentary job and resume light activities. If you have a physically demanding job, you may want to wait an extra week to resume work.

Once you reach the third week of recovery, you may start easing back into light exercise. It’s best to start out at a low intensity and slowly increase it over a few weeks. At this point, your swelling should start to dissipate. Dr. Miller will let you know if it is safe to continue moderate exercise based on your situation.

Weeks Four and Five

One month after your surgery, your incisions should be mostly healed. However, they will be a dark pink color and appear slightly raised. This will eventually fade and flatten out. The results of your tummy tuck will be more apparent and you may be able to return to moderate physical activity such as weight lifting.

Want to Know More About Tummy Tuck Surgery?

If you want to rid yourself of stubborn fat or excess skin around your belly, call Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today at 714-379-9777 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Miller. We welcome patients to our office in Huntington Beach, CA


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