What Is the Recovery Time For a Tummy Tuck?

Posted on September 21, 2016 by: Dr. Rocheford

Whether you’ve recently had a baby or have been trying to lose weight, it’s likely your stomach is giving you some trouble.  Abdominal fat can be difficult to lose, even for people who are diligent about diet and exercise.  Additionally, it can be tough to achieve a sleek and smooth tummy when your abdominal muscles have been torn as a result of pregnancy.

That’s why more women are considering undergoing a tummy tuck procedure.  This plastic surgery procedure makes it possible for patients to enjoy a sleek and smooth stomach, as it’s designed to repair stomach muscles, remove excess fat and skin, and streamline the appearance of the tummy.

About the Tummy Tuck Procedure

The tummy tuck procedure – also known as the abdominoplasty – is designed to smooth the stomach while repairing and tightening abdominal muscles.  The tummy tuck procedure also involves removing excess stomach fat and skin, resulting in a smoother and sleeker profile.

During the tummy tuck procedure, your plastic surgeon will make an incision between the pubic hair and navel. This incision allows the plastic surgeon to access the stomach muscles, which are repaired and pulled tight.  Your plastic surgeon will also remove stomach fat and trim away excess skin before closing the incision.

The best candidates for a tummy tuck procedure are people who are having trouble losing stomach fat or suffer from excessively loose abdominal skin.  Women who have recently been pregnant can also benefit from a tummy tuck, as it repairs damaged stomach muscles.

The Tummy Tuck Recovery Period

The tummy tuck recovery period is surprisingly short.  Patients will be provided pain medication for the first four to seven days.  Most patients are able to return to work after a week.  Gentle exercise regimens can resume after four weeks of recovery and increase to normal levels by 6-8 weeks.

Tummy Tuck at Rocheford Plastic Surgery

Get the sleek and smooth stomach profile you’ve dreamed of.  Schedule a tummy tuck consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Heather Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery in Woodbury, MN.

Rocheford Plastic Surgery serves the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.