Do You Know What Your Tummy Tuck Recovery Will Be Like?

The abdominoplasty, or as you may better know it, the tummy tuck, is one the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States and the highest ranked procedure for patient satisfaction. Many of the most frequently asked questions by prospective clients deal with the recovery period that follows the procedure. Here are some helpful things to know as you prepare to make a decision.


The tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure used to remove the extra fat and skin that is often left over after major weight loss or pregnancy. The procedure is often performed on an out-patient basis, which means no overnight stays at the hospital.


Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck

After your tummy tuck, it is normal to spend a few short hours of rest in the hospital before returning home with a friend or family member. In the early stages of recovery, it is normal for there to be some swelling around the operated area. Your surgeon will typically provide you with a special post-surgical garment, ice packs, and prescriptions to help with this. There may also be slight pain in the beginning (especially with coughing or deep breathing) which can be eased with medication.

It is important to go easy on your new belly for the first few days. You will want to avoid any activity for the first five to six days, but you should be able to return to work and normal activity after ten to fourteen days. Just wait a bit longer before doing anything too crazy. In about a month, vigorous exercise is often achievable, so don’t be afraid to throw on your new gym clothes and show off your new belly! In just about two to three months, you will begin seeing your true results and incision lines and scars will continue to fade and flatten out over the course of about a year.

The tummy tuck has proven to be a very satisfying procedure for many patients looking to finally let go of the extra baggage around their belly. It is important to talk with a board certified plastic surgeon in order to ensure that you safely achieve your ideal results.

Surgical Risk Factors Can Be Reduced by Quitting Smoking

When you meet with your surgeon for a consultation, one of the things that will come up in determining whether surgery is right for you is whether or not you smoke. This is because smoking increases the risk of complications after major surgery, and thus might make you ineligible for a given procedure.

But all might not be lost to those who have tasted tobacco – a new study shows that the risk of complications for people who were once smokers, but have been smoke-free for at least a year, is nearly the same as a non-smoker’s.

Going cold turkey may allow you to undergo procedures you otherwise couldn’t

The study followed 125,000 current smokers, 78,000 former smokers, and 400,000 people who had never touched a cigarette, and kept track of complications in these groups, such as heart attack, pneumonia, blood clots, and death 30 days post-op. Current smokers showed a higher likelihood of fatal complications (17 per cent) than non-smokers, but those who quit a year before had about the same risk as non-smokers, according to the study’s findings. The study was limited, however, in that patients who were smoke-free for less than a year were not within its scope.

If you’re a smoker, and have considered cosmetic surgery before but were discouraged against it by your surgeon, this news could be just the push to help you quit. If you’re considering any kind of invasive surgery, or even non-invasive procedures like Botox, talk to your surgeon about your risk factors, and what you can do to help put out that butt forever.