Interested in undergoing a tummy tuck surgery – but nervous you’ll have to take too much time to recover? Take a look at the recovery time for a tummy tuck, including tips on how to fully heal from your surgery.
What is the Recovery Time for a Tummy Tuck?
While each person is different, most patients can expect to spend about four to six weeks recovering from their tummy tuck surgery, with final results visible about six months after the initial procedure.
Here’s why: a tummy tuck is a major abdominal surgery. During the first week alone, you’ll spend a lot of time resting and recovering; in fact, we discourage lots of movement during these pivotal first few days. You’ll also be restricted from lifting anything heavy from off of the ground, so we encourage you to get childcare in place if you have young children at home.
After the first week, you may be cleared to return to work (it could take up to two weeks if you work in a more manual field). Your recovery will continue until about four to six weeks later, when you may be cleared to return back to your normal workout regimen.
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How to Improve Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
One of the best ways to have a healthy tummy tuck recovery is to take care of yourself during these critical weeks of rest. We recommend the following tips for patients who want to have a successful tummy tuck recovery:
- Truly take the time to rest and recover from your surgery. Don’t try to jump back into your normal routine, as that could end up undermining your recovery process.
- Ask for help! Have someone come to visit you to check in on you, or make sure your partner is fully prepared to shoulder all of the day-to-day tasks during your recovery.
- Have all your favorite entertainment ready to go once you’re recovering. Buy up some of your favorite books and movies, and download your favorite games to your iPad or computer. That way, you won’t be bored during recovery!
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