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Tummy Tuck Recovery

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Tummy Tuck Recovery | Plastic Surgery | Pasadena | Arcadia | BreaTummy tuck, like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, involves a significant recovery component. The tummy tuck surgeon will closely engage with the patient from the first consultation to the post-operative recovery to help ensure that the patient achieves best outcomes. The patients, on their part, should carefully follow the surgeon’s advice for a safer and faster recovery.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing tummy tuck and various other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Lin will explain the recovery process during the initial consultation. He provides tummy tuck to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding locations.


Estimated Downtime

The downtime involved in tummy tuck cosmetic surgery will vary depending on the extent of surgery performed and the surgical technique used. In a traditional tummy tuck procedure, the downtime may range from 10 to 14 days. If the tummy tuck does not involve muscle tightening, the downtime may only last for about one week.

Working people should apply for leave from work well in time to accommodate adequate time for recovery. For the first few days, a patient should preferably take plenty of rest, and perform only moderate walks at home. During this early phase, they may arrange to have someone to assist them with household chores.


Initial Recovery Experience

The plastic surgeon may place drain tubes below the skin in the incision areas to collect excess fluid. The patient should empty the drainage periodically and maintain the tubes carefully until the surgeon decides to remove them. The surgeon may also provide a compression garment, which should be worn at all times during the initial recovery phase.

Mild soreness, bruising, and swelling is expected in the first few days. Pain and discomfort can be managed with pain meds prescribed by the surgeon. Strenuous activities and heavy lifting of weights should be avoided for the first two to three weeks. Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.


Minimizing Scars

Although some degree of scarring is unavoidable in any tummy tuck surgery, but the visibility of scars can be minimized with discreet placement of incisions. During recovery, the patient should avoid sun exposure on the incision sites to reduce scarring impact. Petroleum jelly, silicone cream, or silicone sheets may also be applied to minimize the appearance of scar tissue.


Avoiding Tobacco

The patient must refrain from using tobacco in any form for a few weeks before and after the tummy tuck surgery. Even during recovery, smoking can interfere with the healing process. The risk of complications, infections and prominent scarring will increase if the patient indulges in smoking during the early recovery phase.


Sustainable Outcomes

Long-term sustainability of results with tummy tuck will depend on how diligently the patient follows the surgeon’s recovery instructions, and maintains an active and healthy lifestyle.


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