Abdominoplasty, or more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported on the most common procedures in 2018 and found that tummy tucks were in the top five with 130,081 tummy tuck surgeries performed out of the 17.7 million total cosmetic procedures done in the country overall last year.
As a quick recap, a tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from a person’s midsection (the middle and lower abdomen) and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. A tummy tuck can be a great way to reduce a protruding abdomen for patients who are good fits for the procedure.
In today’s post, Front Range Plastic & Surgery would like to provide you a closer look at the recovery process and what you need to know about your tummy tuck recovery. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions or to schedule your free consultation.
Why the Type of Tummy Tuck Matters
What to Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery
As with any surgical procedure, it is critical that you closely listen and follow the instructions given to you by your plastic surgeon in order for a successful and full recovery from a tummy tuck procedure. Be sure to ask questions and ensure you understand things fully.
Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon as we have here in Northern Colorado with Dr. Warren Schutte because they have met the stringent safety and training requirements and can offer advice and assistance throughout the healing process.
Immediately After Surgery
When You’re Home
Resuming Normal Life
Recovery Times Vary
Pinpointing a specific recovery timeline is extremely difficult due to the number of variables at play. Every person’s body reacts differently to surgical procedures, and therefore, you’ll want to consult with your plastic surgeon directly about a timeline as they’ll know more based on seeing you and evaluating the circumstances. Common factors include:
- Post-surgery care
- General health
Generally speaking, the typical recovery time following a tummy tuck is around eight weeks, but again, this could be longer or shorter depending on your individual factors. A great plastic surgeon will always communicate clearly on the recovery timeline.
Recovery Is a Process
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We hope you found this post helpful, and as always, the best way to know what the tummy tuck recovery process looks like is to consult a trusted and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Warren Schutte right here in Loveland. So contact us today to set up your free consultation!