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What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks and other body contouring procedures, except liposuction alone, have the longest recovery of almost all cosmetic procedures. It generally takes about a week to be able to stand straight and another week or 2 to get back to most normal activities. It takes 2 months to return to full normality. This being said, almost everyone would again trade the recovery for the results.
A Tummy Tuck is one of the most serious procedures in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Do not take this procedure lightly. Many practitioners combine Liposuction with an Abdominoplasty to improve your outcome. That is perfectly fine. ASAPS Members have what we call a critical pathway to assist you in a great result and to avoid untoward events.
Remember most women want the appearance of their abdomens BEFORE child bearing. We understand that concept. To get there can be an extensive procedure which requires some time off. Plan to take a minimum of at least 2 weeks off from office work and at at least 3 to 4 weeks off from heavy exertion. You are only going to have this procedure done once in your life so, take the time to recover correctly. Avoid untoward events by exercising, traveling or exerting yourself too soon after this surgery. Best.
Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS
Recovery Time For a Tummy Tuck – Recovery time for a tummy tuck is usually about two weeks, 10-14 days. One can resume most activities at 3-4 weeks and after 4 weeks once can resume all physical exercise and activities.