What to Expect During your Tummy Tuck Recovery
After your Tummy Tuck surgery, we will monitor you in our recovery area. Once released by Dr. Landford, you will be able to recover comfortably at home the same day, but there have been instances in which a patient is held overnight. When you are ready to go home, you should have a relative or friend available to give you a ride home. You will be fitted for a compression support garment during your pre-surgical visit and you will wear it during the postoperative period to reduce swelling. Surgical drains may also be used to assist in fluid drainage.
The first few days after your abdominoplasty surgery, there will be some swelling, bruising, and moderate discomfort in the treatment area, which is relieved by medications prescribed and compression garment use. While it will take about six weeks to fully recover from an abdominoplasty procedure, many patients can return to work and resume light activities within 7 – 10 days. Heavy lifting and strenuous physical activities should be avoided for at least the first few weeks.
Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the incisions and drains until they are removed, which usually happens just a few days after surgery.