What is the recovery time for a tummy tuck with liposuction?


Hello, I would like to have a tummy tuck with lipo to my flanks and back, as well as inner thighs. I was told 2 weeks recovery. This seems fast to me. Is this the norm?


That is a good approximation. You will need longer than that to feel like yourself energy wise but most women are able to do normal activities after about 2 weeks. 


I will say that you must rest totally for a period of 3 weeks after the procedure. Avoid driving for a month and high heels also.  For workout you must wait for at least two months, and you must wear an special gargment for 3 months.


Recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on several factors including the extent of the tummy tuck, volume of liposuction, general medical health, and individual tolerance for discomfort. .It also depends on your type of work. Following a tummy tuck, most patients are able to work at home during the first week and resume returning to work at a sedentary job in 1-2 weeks. However, in a patient with a strenuous job requiring heavy lifting, I would recommend waiting 4-6 weeks.

Robert Singer, MD  FACS

​La Jolla, California 



In two weeks you'll be feeling much better but not yet completely recovered. By that time you should be able to do routine activities with modest restrictions. Probably even return to work if you have a sedentary job. It'll probably take about a month before you feel up to full speed again. If you have a muscle/diastasis repair, you'll have lifting restrictions (usually about 25 pounds or less) for the first 6 weeks. It'll probably take about 6-8 weeks for most of the swelling from the liposuction to decrease and another 2-3 months before it resolves completely.


The time frame of only 2 weeks is a rough estimate.  A tummy tuck procedure with liposuction is one of the more difficult surgeries to recover from in cosmetic plastic surgery.  For most patients, you are comfortable doing things a round the house and caring for yourself.  You will need help with kids for the first week.  The second is easier and toward the end of the second week thinking of driving.  The start of the third week, you could start a white collar job and most certainly  drive, take care of kids and be somewhat comfortable but still tired.   Exercise is at least six weeks.  

Remember, every person is different with different pain levels.  These are some rough guide lines.  Good luck.


Although most patients experience a recovery time of 2-3 weeks after tummy tuck and liposuction of the flanks, you are having liposuction to the back and the thighs which could significantly increase your down time.  My guess is that you will not feel able to go about her normal daily routine for probably 3 weeks and certainly heavy lifting or active exercise should be delayed 4-6 weeks.

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