Tummy Tuck Recovery
Athenix Body Sculpting Institute specializes in body contouring procedures. We offer tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, as a way of removing excess fat and skin, providing patients with a more contoured, attractive abdominal area.
Your Athenix doctor may offer different variations of a tummy tuck depending on your goals and the extent of loose skin that you need removed. This surgical approach, as well as your unique needs, will determine the length and ease of your recovery.
Immediately After Your Tummy Tuck
The Athenix medical team supports every stage of your experience. Before your procedure, we will answer any questions you have, provide you with instructions on how to care for your wound, and let you know when you will come back for routine follow-up visits after surgery.
When your procedure is finished, your incisions may be covered in dressings or bandages, and you may need to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment. The latter helps to reduce swelling and to heal your abdominal area.
You will need someone to bring you home from surgery and may require help over the next few days with basic household needs. It’s likely you will have some pain and swelling, which your surgeon can help you reduce with medication.
During Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
You use your abdomen quite a bit even with the simplest everyday tasks, so Athenix advises patients that complete recovery from a tummy tuck does take time. The less extensive your procedure, the faster you will be back to normal.
In most cases, this will take between one and two weeks, and you will likely still be restricted from strenuous activity for about one-to-two months. Patients often feel sore, experience bruising, and have fatigue as they heal.
If you have a higher tolerance for discomfort, your experience throughout recovery may be different than someone else’s. It’s a good idea to talk with our medical team about your concerns during your initial consultation so that you make your decision with confidence.
Long-Term Tummy Tuck Results
Because Athenix prepares you well for your procedure and provides care for you at every step, you can expect to heal predictably and as comfortably as possible. By the time you are completely recovered, you’ll be able to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck: a flatter abdomen, more attractive contour, and new self-confidence.