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Recovering after a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and other tissue, and may include the tightening of abdominal muscles. The amount of time necessary for a full tummy tuck recovery will depend on the extent of your treatment and whether you undergo a mini, standard, or extended tuck. However, most patients return to work about one to three weeks after treatment. Undergoing treatment with a qualified surgeon from the Tijuana Bariatrics preferred provider network is a safe and affordable way to achieve your cosmetic goals. The team in Tijuana, Mexico, can provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and work closely with you to help ensure optimal results. 

Immediately after Surgery

After your abdominoplasty, your incision and belly button will likely be covered with a surgical dressing. For standard or extended tuck patients, small drains may also be placed along the incisions to prevent fluid and blood from accumulating. If so, your doctor will likely remove them after three days or so. 

Most tummy tuck patients can return to work one to three weeks after treatment, depending on their job.

Most patients experience mild to moderate pain, which they manage with pain medication. Your surgeon will provide you with a compression garment to help minimize discomfort and swelling. For the first few days, keep your upper body slightly raised while lying down and avoid showers, baths, and hot tubs until your doctor clears you.

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Eating nutritious foods during your tummy tuck recovery can speed healing and over the long term, enhance your results.

The First Few Weeks

While you should spend most of your time resting during the first week after surgery, you should also get up and walk around to carry out simple tasks. This movement can help prevent harmful blood clots from developing. However, it is important to avoid any activity that could strain your incisions.

In most cases, the incisions fully heal within two weeks.

If you undergo a mini tummy tuck, you may be able to return to normal activities by the end of the first week. Standard and extended abdominoplasties require more extensive recovery time. Patients with sedentary jobs can often return to work after a week. For more physical jobs, it is better to wait at least two to three weeks. 

Six Weeks to One Year

You will need to wear your compression garment for at least six weeks after your abdominoplasty, though you should continue wearing it until otherwise instructed by your doctor. During this time, you should avoid positions and activities that pull on the incision site, such as quickly bending at the waist or lifting heavy objects.

Generally, by the end of the first year, scarring has faded and you can experience a slimmer, more toned appearance. 

It is normal to experience swelling in the surgical area. For some patients, swelling lasts up to three months or longer. Depending on the extent of your treatment and your personal needs, you will need to attend follow-up visits for the first year to monitor your progress.  

Your Results

Immediately after surgery, your results will likely be obscured by swelling and other factors. Typically, after the first week or two, patients begin to see results. However, it can take up to a year to see the final effects of a tummy tuck. Generally, by the end of the first year, scarring has faded and you can experience a slimmer, more toned appearance. Some patients optimize their results by undergoing additional procedures, such as liposuction.

Refine Your Figure

Tijuana Bariatrics understands how impactful feeling confident in your appearance can be. An abdominoplasty can remove excess skin after massive weight loss or tighten tissue that accumulates due to age or genetics. For more information about body sculpting procedures or the medical tourism options available through Tijuana Bariatrics, contact the team online today or call (664) 634-1974.

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