Tummy Tuck Recovery

Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery

Just like any other cosmetic surgery, a tummy tuck requires a patient to go through what is known as a recovery period. Recovery time will vary depending on the level of health the patient is in leading up to surgery as well as the extent of the tummy tuck undergone. Recovery from a tummy tuck tends to take several months. Dr. Esmailian has a unique approach to the tummy tuck procedure which minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissue, making recovery easier and faster than the national average.

A tummy tuck, medically termed as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal region while tightening the abdominal muscles. The surgeon evaluates and determines what can be done to serve the patient and provides a strategy for the days prior and post surgery. Depending on the amount of excess skin to be removed and the state of the abdominal muscles a full tummy tuck or mini tuck may be suggested to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.

Tummy Tuck Candidates:

Men and women who are in good health and have reached or are near their target can benefit from a tummy tuck. Men and women with excess stomach fat and skin tissue can have the flat stomach they have been longing for. Ideal tummy tuck candidates typically include:

  • Women with excess skin post pregnancy
  • People who had significant weight loss
  • Men and women with excess skin due to effects of aging
  • Excess skin or flab that does not respond to diet and exercise

People with realistic expectations often see the results they were searching for. Patients who commit themselves to a healthy and active lifestyle observe long lasting results and achieve their ideal body image.

How Do I Plan For Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Before anyone considers a tummy tuck they must have a good understanding of what the procedure offers as well as the type of recovery period necessary to ensure optimal healing and results. Dr. Esmailian may advise his patients to stop or adjust medications prior and post surgery to prevent blood clots and other complications.

Smokers are advised to quit smoking in advance of surgery date to prevent complications, and refrain from smoking throughout the recovery period to ensure optimal healing.

Preparing for Tummy Tuck Recovery

Prepare your home for the recovery period by acquiring:

  • Ice packs
  • Handheld shower head and bath chair
  • Loose comfortable clothing for simple use (Tight clothing is uncomfortable and does not ease sore abdomen)
  • Have small meals ready in the refrigerator for easy consumption
  • Appoint a driver and a caretaker for the day of the surgery
  • Take time off from work or school for at least two days

What can I expect during the recovery period?

After the surgery is complete, you will be monitored in a recovery suite until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off. These effects will pass within a few hours. It is important to take all prescribed medication as instructed. Garments or compression bandages will be wrapped around the stomach to reduce swelling and maintain the body’s new contour.
When you return home it is advised to rest in bed for the first few hours after surgery. Eat a small meal, and walk around occasionally to promote blood circulation.
Continue medication as directed. It is important to follow scheduled hours, take antibiotics and pain medicines to keep the pain to a minimum.
During sleep, prop up your back with pillows and elevate legs as well. The body will have to remain propped up for at least a few weeks during recovery to reduce swelling and minimize soreness.
After the first two weeks you will be able to return to your daily routine. Exercise will not be allowed for at least two weeks, in time the body can complete light workouts when strong enough. Walking and non-intense activities increase blood flow and reduces swelling. Work and school can resume as long as strenuous activity does not occur.
After your initial follow up appointment you will be advised on how your recovery is going and when you can expect to return to full activity.

Tummy Tuck Surgeon Serving Orange County

A tummy tuck in Orange County is a life changing experience that improves the size and shape of the abdomen while also rebuilding the strength of the abdominal muscles. The recovery period requires patience, attention to the body and tender care. The look you were striving for is only weeks away.


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