What To Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the abdomen. This procedure is often sought by individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, or have stretched abdominal muscles due to pregnancy. Like any surgical procedure, there will be a recovery period after treatment. In this blog, we will briefly explain what to expect during tummy tuck recovery.

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The tummy tuck procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. This results in a flatter and more toned abdominal appearance. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from two to five hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.


After the procedure, patients can expect to experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising in the abdominal area. Pain can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon.

It can take several months to a year before a final result is seen. The incision scar will fade over time but may never completely go away. Some people will feel pain for a few months after the surgery.

Nausea and vomiting usually go away within 3 to 5 days after surgery, but sometimes pain medication may cause nausea. The patient will feel tired during the first few weeks after surgery, but they can gradually return to regular activity within a few weeks.

Recovery usually takes about six weeks, but you might need to wait for 8 to 12 weeks for the most noticeable results. Dr. Ghaznavi will provide specific surgical advice based on your individual needs and concerns. The surgery can benefit both men and women who feel they require additional improvement of their bodies and health. After the surgery, some people notice renewed energy and a great deal of relief from chronic back pain.

Speak With An Expert

If you are considering this procedure, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ghaznavi at AMG Plastic Surgery to determine if you are a good candidate and to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure. With proper care and attention, a tummy tuck can help you achieve the flat, toned abdominal appearance you desire!

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