How to have a smooth recovery after Abdominoplasty?

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How to have a smooth recovery after Abdominoplasty?

Recovery after Abdominoplasty? Planning to undergo abdominoplasty? If so, you must be aware of the recovery process. The healing needs to be smooth. Henceforth, you need to take precautionary steps.

Recovery after Abdominoplasty is very crucial. There is higher risk of complications after the surgery.  Here are a few tips for a smooth recovery after Abdominoplasty.

 How to have a smooth recovery after Abdominoplasty?

Avoid smoking and eat healthy

You should always follow the plastic surgeon’s advice and take the medicines on time. Do not smoke for at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery and after the surgery. If you continue smoking then the recovery will be very slow and at times very serious complications develop due to smoking.

Have a healthy diet. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin C and dark green leafy vegetables is advisable. Try and avoid foods that may cause gas, as you would be lying most of the time. Eat food in small portions and avoid food with too much of salt and oil.

Other precautionary methods

The tummy scars would take months to heal and generally takes more than a year to fade. Avoid direct sun and water over the scar. Consult your doctor on silicone sheeting or scar minimizing products that you could use.

Do avoid heavy lifting, as this would put a stress on the surgery. But keep walking to avoid the risk of blood clot formation. Take strolls in the initial few days and then speed along eventually.

You can read this article : Benefits of Abdominoplasty that you did not know before

Recovery after Abdominoplasty

There has been a break through in the technology of post op pain relief for tummy tucks.  A new medication is now being used that will provide for 3-4 days of post op pain relief, speeding up the recovery process!  It is called Exparel.

A tummy tuck which is also referred to as an abdominoplasty is a procedure to enhance the appearance of the abdomen.  It consists of 3 basic steps:

  1. Skin removal and tightening
  2. Subcutaneous fat removal
  3. Muscle tightening

The recovery is very similar to a C-Section or Hysterectomy recovery.  The first week lifting is limited to 15 lbs maximum and the patients usually walk slowly and bend over.  The second week the weight limitation is increased to 30 pounds and more normal walking.  After the second week many patients return to work if it is more sedentary, active work jobs and heavy lifting, pulling or straining are still difficult for another 2 weeks.  Most women need help with small children for the first week.

Vigorous physical activity and contact sports are limited for 4-6 weeks.  Everyone’s recovery is different, and everyone’s tummy tuck is different, the recovery time will vary from individual to individual.

This is a wonderful operation that will make the tummy flat FOREVER, WITHOUT SIT-UPS!!  But, you have to be willing to trade the appearance for the scar, which is long, but well placed, and hidden in all clothing and bathing suits.

Please consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures to assure the best possible result.


David Finkle, MD 
Omaha Plastic Surgeon



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