What to Expect When Recovering From a Tummy Tuck

Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon located in Nashville and Brentwood, TN

By Dr. Alton Ingram

What to Expect When Recovering From a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a procedure used to remove fat and skin from your belly. Even though recovery can take some time, it shouldn’t be unmanageable. Learn more about what to expect when recovering from this procedure.

A tummy tuck is a procedure used to remove fat and excess skin from your stomach. Depending on the amount of fat and skin being removed, a tummy tuck can be a simple or major surgery. Both men and women can get a tummy tuck. 

Getting a tummy tuck can help you achieve a flatter belly. Are you considering getting a tummy tuck? Dr. Alton Ingram, a board-certified and experienced cosmetic surgeon, and his team at Ingram Cosmetic Surgery specialize in skillfully executing tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgeries in Nashville and Brentwood, Tennessee. 

Recovering from a tummy tuck, however, takes some time. Read on to learn more about what to expect when recovering from a tummy tuck. 

What happens after you get a tummy tuck? 

You can expect some swelling and soreness in the first week after getting your tummy tucked. It may also be a little difficult to stand upright in the first few days after getting the procedure done. 

A tummy tuck leaves a scar; however, when done right, you should barely notice the scar from a tummy tuck. Also, with most tummy tucks, underwear and bottoms typically cover the scar. 

Your tummy tuck scar won’t always look the way it does right after the surgery. You’ll notice your scar visibly thin and fade in the months after your procedure. 

Recovery from a tummy tuck can take between two to three months, depending on the type of tummy tuck you got. Factors such as your health and age can also affect your recovery timeline. 

If you have a physically strenuous job requiring some heavy lifting, you may need to wait at least three months before resuming strenuous activities. In most cases, you should be able to resume all your typical activities three months after your procedure.

Tips for caring for yourself at home 

Caring for yourself at home is crucial for a speedy and complication-free recovery after getting a tummy tuck. Here are some tips to care for yourself at home after your surgery. 

  • Take care of your incision and drainage tubes properly per your doctor’s instructions. 
  • Get moving every day. This encourages blood circulation and helps along the healing process. 
  • Avoid lifting heavy things for at least six weeks.
  • Avoid any activities that will put a strain on your belly for the first two months. 
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

It’s important to remember that recovery looks a little different for everyone. Don’t fuss if your body doesn’t bounce back as quickly as you expected. 

Getting a tummy tuck is a straightforward and relatively stress-free process when you go with a skilled surgeon. Booking an appointment with us at Ingram Cosmetic Surgery ensures that. You can contact us at 615-431-3710 to request an appointment.