A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the abdominal muscles. The surgery can help improve the appearance of a sagging or protruding belly caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. And it can help those with abdominal muscle weakness regain their core strength.
The recovery process after a tummy tuck is an important aspect for all patients to consider before undergoing the procedure. Patients should plan for at least two to three weeks of downtime, during which they will need to rest and avoid strenuous activities.
Dr. Michael Omidi, MD, FACS, a double board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California, recommends that patients are well-informed about their entire procedure from start to finish. A successful tummy tuck outcome depends just as much on a smooth and comfortable recovery process as it does on the surgical technique itself. And Dr. Omidi and his team will work closely with you to ensure that your recovery is as safe, swift, and comfortable as possible.
If you are considering a tummy tuck and would like to learn more about the procedure and recovery process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Omidi at his Beverly Hills practice. Contact us today at (310) 281-0155 or fill out our online form to get started.
- 1 Before and After Photos
- 2 About Tummy Tuck Recovery
- 3 After Your Procedure
- 4 Weeks 1-2
- 5 Personal Consultation
- 6 Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills
- 7 FAQ
- 8 References
Before and After Photos
About Tummy Tuck Recovery
The tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the midsection. This procedure can be life-changing for many patients who have struggled with the results of weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. However, it is important to note that recovery after an abdominoplasty requires time, patience, and dedication.
What is an Abdominoplasty Procedure Like?
During an abdominoplasty, a surgical incision is made across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. The length and shape of the incision vary depending on the extent of the surgery, but the technique used by Dr. Omidi will be discussed during your preliminary consultation. The incision can take several weeks to heal completely.
The recovery process after an abdominoplasty usually takes several weeks. It is important to follow our post-operative instructions carefully to ensure it is both swift and comfortable. We will schedule several follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and answer any questions you may have. Patients should plan to take at least two weeks off from work and arrange for someone to help them during the first few days after surgery.
After Your Procedure
A tummy tuck can be a transformative procedure for those who struggle with excess skin and stubborn fat in the abdominal area. While the results can be dramatic, it is important to keep in mind that recovery from this surgery requires patience and care.
As is to be expected after any surgery, in the first few days, patients should expect to experience some discomfort. Patients should move with care and purpose, avoiding bending, lifting, or twisting their torso during this time to prevent any strain on the incision site. To prevent infection, patients should keep the surgical site clean and dry and follow their surgeon’s instructions for caring for the incision. The most common complication after abdominoplasty is seroma (excess fluid), while the second is infection. (1) If an infection does occur, antibiotic therapy may be necessary.
Light physical activity such as walking is encouraged after an abdominoplasty. However, patients should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise until cleared by Dr. Omidi. Maintaining a positive attitude and having realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery can help patients cope with the recovery process and achieve the best results possible.
Smoking & Alcohol Cessation
Smoking and alcohol consumption can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications. (2) If you smoke and/or drink alcohol, Dr. Omidi will have you stop in the weeks before and after your abdominoplasty procedure.
Postoperative pain is to be expected after an abdominoplasty. Dr. Omidi will prescribe pain medication to manage discomfort during the first few days after surgery, but over-the-counter pain medication can be taken once the prescription medication is no longer needed.
Swelling, Bruising, and Drainage Tubes
Swelling and bruising are common after an abdominoplasty. To minimize these side effects, patients are advised to wear a compression garment and use ice packs or heating pads as directed by their surgeon. Drainage tubes may also be placed to remove excess fluid from the surgical site.
Taking medication as directed by Dr. Omidi, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and eating a healthy diet rich in protein are all key aspects of the healing process. Constipation is common after surgery, so patients should drink plenty of fluids and eat high-fiber foods to promote bowel movements. Getting enough sleep and gradually increasing daily activities can help speed up the recovery process and prevent complications.
Our team is committed to providing you with the highest level of care throughout the entire process, from your initial consultation to your final follow-up appointment. If you are considering a tummy tuck or have any questions about the recovery process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (310) 281-0155 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Omidi.
After about a week, Dr. Omidi will remove the drainage tubes and dressing, and patients can begin to shower. Compression garments should be worn for several weeks to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Patients should attend all follow-up appointments with Dr. Omidi to ensure proper healing and prevent infection. Proper wound care, including cleaning and dressing changes, is also essential.
Proper scar management is essential after an abdominoplasty. Patients are advised to keep the incision site clean and dry and to avoid exposing it to sunlight. Dr. Omidi will provide instructions on how to care for your surgical incisions and minimize scarring. This may include using scar creams or ointments, massaging the scars, and avoiding sun exposure.
Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Therapy
In the Weeks That Follow
As the weeks progress, patients can gradually resume light activities, but should not overexert themselves. It is essential to follow all post-operative instructions carefully to ensure optimal results.
Before undergoing a tummy tuck procedure, patients have a personal consultation with Dr. Omidi to determine whether they are a good candidate for the procedure. During this consultation, he will discuss the recovery process with you in detail so that you can make an informed decision and prepare accordingly.
Dr. Omidi will also schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure that you are healing properly. The length of your recovery will depend on several factors, including the extent of your surgery and your overall health.
Cost of a Tummy Tuck in Beverly Hills
When it comes to the cost of a tummy tuck, there are many factors that contribute to the overall price. And in most cases, it will depend on the nature of your unique treatment plan. After your consultation with Dr. Omidi, we will provide you with a detailed estimate for the cost of your procedure.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, please contact us at (310) 281-0155 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Omidi. We are here to guide you through every step of the process and help you achieve your desired results.
Read more about abdominoplasty on Dr. Omidi’s blog.
Will there be scarring after a tummy tuck?
Yes, there will be scarring after a tummy tuck. However, experienced plastic surgeons use advanced techniques to minimize scarring and ensure that incisions are discreetly placed in areas that are easily concealed by clothing.
How long should I wear my compression garment after a tummy tuck?
Recovering from a tummy tuck can take 2-4 weeks. During this time, you will need to wear a compression garment. It is likely your surgeon will advise you to continue wearing your compression garment for 6-8 weeks to ensure proper healing.
Why should patients stop smoking before and after a tummy tuck?
Nicotine is one of the most harmful substances for healing. This is because it constricts blood vessels, limiting the amount of oxygen available to the healing area. Surgeons advise any patient undergoing a surgical procedure to stop smoking completely both before and after their treatment.
When can I go back to distance running after a tummy tuck?
In general, most patients are able to return to work and resume light activities within 2-3 weeks. However, patients should be able to undertake more strenuous activities like distance running after 6-8 weeks. All patients should check with their surgeon before increasing their activity levels.
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- Vidal P, Berner JE, Will PA. Managing Complications in Abdominoplasty: A Literature Review. Archives of Plastic Surgery. 2017;44(5):457-468. doi:https://doi.org/10.5999/aps.2017.44.5.457