After having an abdominoplasty, you will be restricted from doing basic tasks for awhile, as well as physical activities for a longer period. In this blog post, you’ll learn more about what to expect from the recovery period.
1. Pain and discomfort is normal
Since a tummy tuck is a long procedure consisting of many steps, it will of course affect your body afterwards. As after any other advanced surgery, you will have pain when waking up from the operation, but the nurses will make sure to ease it. It is also normal to feel pain and discomfort a while after the procedure, but this is usually managed with medication for the first 48 hours up to one week after surgery. Even if the pain isn’t too bad, you should remain relaxed and well rested until you have the stitches removed, not moving too much.
2. It requires time off work
Normally, you will stay 1-2 nights at the hospital after surgery. After a few days, you can begin to take slow walks – but any other physical activities should be avoided. This includes your job. For the best recovery conditions, you should take 1-2 weeks off work. Of course, this depends on what you do for a living, but on average, 2 weeks is recommended. When deciding on a tummy tuck, the timing is therefore perhaps one of the most important, final things to take into consideration.
3. Heavy exercise should be avoided
Depending on how well your recovery goes, you should be careful with physical activities. At first, you will need to get some help with daily tasks – but slowly you will regain your strength. Any light exercise should be possible after about a month to six weeks, and normally you will have to wait until about 3 months after surgery before you can start with full exercises at the gym or go swimming, for example. Any heavy physical activity at the wrong time could have a negative impact on your recovery – so don’t push yourself, but listen to your body.
If you want to find out more about the tummy tuck procedure, from consultation to recovery, you can download our free guide below!