Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck

What is Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck New Jersey, NJ

September 10, 2022

Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck

Before getting a tummy tuck, you may want to know more about the recovery process. This general guide will give you an idea of what recovery from a tummy tuck is like. However, Dr. Coville at Cornerstone Plastic Surgery will provide you with a better recovery timeline tailored to your specific needs and aesthetic goals after surgery.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical cosmetic procedure that can help improve the appearance of your abdomen. Plastic surgeons usually perform this surgery on people who have lost significant weight or had multiple pregnancies. 

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

You’ll be under general anesthesia during your tummy tuck procedure.. Dr. Coville will make an incision along your bikini line and remove excess sagging skin and fat from your abdomen. He will also tighten your abdominal muscles to give you a firmer, more aesthetically-pleasing belly. 

How Much Recovery Time Can I Expect With a Tummy Tuck?

Your recovery time after a tummy tuck will depend on your post-op care, age, general health, and the type of tummy tuck performed. Most patients can return to work one or two weeks after their tummy tuck surgery, depending on how physically demanding their work is. If your job requires a lot of physical activity, you may need to wait longer until you can return to work. You must avoid any strenuous activities for four to six weeks to allow your body to heal properly.

Following your plastic surgeon’s tips is essential during your recovery, such as scheduling follow-up appointments at Cornerstone Plastic Surgery to have an easy recovery and avoid post-surgery complications. You’ll also want to get plenty of rest, eat a well-balanced diet, sleep on your back in a reclined position, and wear compression garments and bandages.

In addition to getting plenty of rest, it is also important to avoid smoking as you recover, as the chemicals in cigarette smoke can interfere with your body’s healing process and cause serious complications. To avoid these complications, you should also quit smoking for four to six weeks before surgery.  

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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy people who have lost a lot of weight or have  excess loose skin in their abdominal areas. The ideal candidates are non-smokers who maintain a steady weight and have realistic expectations about the procedure. 

The best way to know if a tummy tuck is the right treatment for you is to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Coville, who will examine your skin, review your medical history, and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. He will also discuss your body goals and needs and determine if this surgery is perfect for you.


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Are you ready to learn more about tummy tucks? Schedule a consultation with Cornerstone Plastic Surgery using the form below by calling 609-957-5652 to learn more!

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