Post Op Expectations for a Tummy Tuck

Opting to go under the knife to achieve a firmer, flatter midsection can be quite intimidating. However, those that do favor getting a tummy tuck should understand the post op expectations so they understand what to expect after the procedure.

What Goes On After the Surgery?

The majority of tummy tuck procedures can be performed as outpatient procedures, and many patients can even go home a few hours after the surgery has been completed. However, some cosmetic surgeons might require you stay at an overnight hospital for a more extensive tummy tuck so you can be monitored in the case that something goes wrong during the recovery process.

What are the Post Op Symptoms?

Now, because a tummy tuck is an invasive procedure that involves dissecting the abdominal muscles, recovery might take more time as opposed to other procedures. You should expect soreness and discomfort for the first week or so. It’s recommended to stay home and rest. And while you might be encouraged to get up and go around just because you’re feeling less sore, don’t push it. The most you should do is walk around the house every few hours to promote proper circulation. Also, it isn’t uncommon for patients to have temporary drains placed in the incisions to help remove excess fluid after the surgery. If this is the case, the surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the drain as well as how to maintain the wound after surgery.

It’s important to remain patient after the surgery. While you might want to go back to your normal life, you have to remember that you have an open wound that could potentially worsen due to constant stress. Don’t jeopardize the recovery process by becoming too impatient.

Blog submitted by Dr. Jan Zemplenyi. Dr. Zemplenyi is based out of Bellevue Washington, and works in the Bel Red Center for Aesthetic Surgery for Aesthetic Surgery as a triple-board certified plastic surgeon, President and Director of the facility.