Tummy Tuck Recovery: What to Expect

tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach area, but it also repairs seperated abdominal muscles from child bearing and/or weight loss. If you’re thinking about a tummy tuck, knowing what to expect from the recovery process is important. At Burgess Plastic Surgery, we’ll closely examine what exactly happens as you heal after surgery.

How Long Is the Tummy Tuck Recovery Process?

The amount of time it will take you to recover after your tummy tuck depends on several factors, including your age, type of tummy tuck procedure, and overall health.

Ultimately, closely following Dr. Elisa Burgess’ instructions for post-surgical care will be the best way to help shorten your recovery. Most people need at least two weeks of recovery before returning to work.

What to Expect During Recovery

After your tummy tuck at Burgess Plastic Surgery, you’ll wake up with a surgical dressing over the incision site. Dr. Burgess may place thin tubes at certain incision areas to allow fluid to drain from your surgical site.

You’ll need to sit and sleep at an angle for the first few days after your surgery. Dr. Burgess will encourage you to move regularly to prevent the formation of blood clots.

It’s important to have some help in the days following your surgery. While pain medication will help you through the healing process, you’ll have some limited mobility. Asking a friend or family member to stay with you for a few days after surgery can ease recovery.

Dr. Burgess will provide specific instructions on how to take care of your incision site. You may also need to take antibiotics during your recovery.

If you feel like something is wrong or you have questions about your recovery process, it’s important that you reach out to us immediately.

Reach Out to Burgess Plastic Surgery Today

At Burgess Plastic Surgery, our team will be with you every step of the way through your surgery. Dr. Burgess will work with you carefully to create the look that you want while prioritizing your comfort and safety.

If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck and what the recovery process might look like for you, we’re excited to talk with you and help guide you through the process. Feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin today by calling 503-699-6464 to schedule an appointment.

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