How Long Should Swelling Last After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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If you're considering a tummy tuck procedure in Atlanta, GA, you're not alone. Many men and women have already started their journey toward getting a slimmer and more contoured figure, and Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang, is here to help you do the same. One of the most common questions from patients considering tummy tuck surgery is how long swelling may last. Find the answer — as well as additional information about tummy tuck recovery — here.

What is the goal of tummy tuck surgery?

The primary goal of tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is improving the appearance of the abdomen. Additionally, tummy tuck surgery can include a diastasis repair, stretch mark removal, and other techniques to help reverse the unwanted side effects of extreme weight loss, pregnancy, and aging. Some of the most exciting benefits and advantages of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Smoothes abdominal contour by removing excess skin and fat (via liposuction), if needed
  • Tightens muscles for a leaner physique
  • Can be personalized to help meet your needs
  • Utilizes strategically placed incisions for less visible scarring

How is a tummy tuck performed?

Each tummy tuck at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery is customized based on the individual patient’s body type, needs, goals, and other variables. Dr. Mang will begin by conducting a thorough consultation and examination. Based on his findings, Dr. Mang will select the most appropriate type of tummy tuck, length for the tummy tuck incision, whether to include a diastasis recti repair and/or liposuction, and other factors. Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia and typically involves a horizontal incision running across the pubic area.

What can I expect after tummy tuck surgery?

Postoperative tummy tuck recovery involves a period of adjustment, during which some temporary side effects are to be expected. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common experiences during the first several days and weeks after a tummy tuck. It's important to note that standing upright will likely be challenging due to the newly tightened abdominal muscles. However, these discomforts should gradually subside as your body heals and adapts.

How long does it take tummy tuck swelling to resolve?

After about two weeks following your tummy tuck, you'll find that movement becomes progressively easier. However, it's important to avoid engaging in vigorous activities or strenuous exercises for approximately eight weeks or until cleared by Dr. Mang. While the majority of swelling typically diminishes within 8 – 12 weeks, some residual swelling might linger for a period of 3 – 6 months. Additionally, sensations of tightness and occasional discomfort may persist during this time but should continuously improve.

What else do I need to know about tummy tuck recovery?

Enjoying an efficient, successful, and comfortable tummy tuck recovery requires strict adherence to post-operative guidelines. Wearing the provided compression garment is critical for minimizing swelling and supporting the healing process. Sleeping in a reclined position, with both your upper and lower body elevated, can alleviate strain on the abdominal area. To ensure a smoother transition, be sure to plan ahead for help with household chores and childcare during the initial stages of recovery. Being prepared to take approximately two weeks off work is also advisable ahead of a tummy tuck.

Ready to start your ultimate transformation? Schedule a tummy tuck consultation in Atlanta, GA

If you are feeling frustrated or held back by the lingering aesthetic side effects of pregnancy, aging, or weight loss — like loose abdominal skin, diet- and exercise-resistant fat, stretch marks, abdominal muscle separation, and others — a tummy tuck may be the life-changing solution you’ve been searching for. Take the first step toward a whole new you today by calling Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery to schedule your private tummy tuck consultation with top Atlanta, GA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang. We look forward to helping you achieve the confidence and beauty you deserve.

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