Tummy tuck recovery can be variable based on the degree of muscle tightening, the degree of skin tightening, and the patient’s pain threshold. In general, patients will have to move around half flexed for the first week making it difficult to get out of the house. The second week, you will be able to stand up straight and take a shower after your drains are removed. By the third week, you should expect to get off of your pain pills be able to drive and take care of all of your chores. You will also be allowed to return to light physical activity such as walking around the neighborhood.
By one month, you will be graduated to full physical activity and will appreciate 80% resolution of swelling. By three months you will be in full stride with 90% of swelling resolved and enjoying your normal daily routine activity. By six months, you should be completely back to your normal weight and enjoying your new figure, with tightened abdominal muscles, wrinkle free abdominal skin, and narrowed waistline. Tummy tuck recovery can be one of the more regimented of plastic surgery procedures secondary to the repair of loosened muscles. This maneuver requires strategic stitching of the abdominal muscle that have stretched out following weight gain or pregnancy. Much like a brassiere, your new abdomen will be pulled in giving you several inches of size reduction in your waistline.
Unfortunately, this process termed muscle plication is painful as the muscle contains a high density of sensory nerve fibers. Patients have noted significant gains at the two week mark that correlates with drain removal. Drains are required since a large abdominal cavity is created by virtue of undermining performed to be able to maximally trim redundant skin. Tummy tuck recovery at our center is made tolerable by using Exparel, a long acting numbing medicine, that keeps you pain free for the first four days.
Patients universally demonstrate easier tummy tuck recovery experience following administration of Exparel even though this medicine is only effective for the first four days. If you are interested in a tummy tuck, we encourage you to make a consultation to discuss the details of your tummy tuck recovery and how we can make your journey a pleasant one.
Please admire this 54 year old female following a tummy tuck with muscle plication.