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How long does the swelling last after a tummy tuck?

How long does the swelling last after a tummy tuck?

It depends: If you had liposuction with your tummy tuck, the swelling will be more pronounced and take longer to resolve. Most patients are about 80%-90% resolved by 4 weeks post-op. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

It depends: I perform a significant number of tummy tucks (witch hazel) each year for my young mothers and feel that this is a great procedure when done by a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in this area.

I generally recommend waiting a few months following a c-section so that soft tissue swelling has gone done and your hormones have returned to a more natural state. ...Read more

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How long can swelling from a full tummy tuck last?

How long can swelling from a full tummy tuck last?

Many Months: Although, for the right patient, the tummy tuck operation is a great one, it is associated with a significant recovery (physically and, often emotionally). Swelling may persist for several months and may be exacerbated by exercise/increased activity. It may take up to one year for full skin re-draping to occur and for patients to see the final outcome of the procedure performed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after a tummy tuck? I'm going on vacation this summer, but want to have my tummy tuck before I wear a bikini. Will I have time to have the procedure before my vacation? Will there be visible swelling or bruising for more t

How long does it take to recover after a tummy tuck? I'm going on vacation this summer, but want to have my tummy tuck before I wear a bikini. Will I have time to have the procedure before my vacation? Will there be visible swelling or bruising for more t

Tummy recovery: Expect 2 - 3 months before enough swelling has gone down before your feel comfortable at the beach. Make sure you discuss with your surgeon the placement of the scar. I encourage my patients to bring me what swimwear they want to wear after their surgery so I can mark it on their body to keep the scar hidden under that level. ...Read more

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Is it normal that after abdominoplasty the belly is swelling more and more? Had it done five days ago the only one drain that was put in my stomach was taken out 24 hours later from there on the belly has gotten more swolle is it normal what can I do abo

Is it normal that after abdominoplasty the belly is swelling more and more? Had it done five days ago the only one drain that was put in my stomach was taken out 24 hours later from there on the belly has gotten more swolle is it normal what can I do abo

Check for seroma: If the drain just came out, and your belly has been getting bigger, and jiggles like a water balloon...Then the first thought is that you have a fluid collection called a "seroma". Let your surgeon know - this is easy to fix. ...Read more

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Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e

Can a tummy tuck help a post-pregnancy belly? I recently gave birth to twin girls. Right now, I am five months postpartum, but none of the exercises that I am doing are helping get rid of my saggy belly skin. Can tummy tucks actually get rid of all this e

Yes: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) or adominoplasty is great at rejuvenating the post oartum abdomen. This procedure will realign your rectis muscles in the midline limiting the diastasis typically created by your pregnancy as well as remove excess skin laxity and unsitely stretch marks. Remember, however, if you plan to having more children this will typically recur. ...Read more

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How long does a tummy tuck last?

How long does a tummy tuck last?

A long time: Wirhout major weight fluctuations or pregnancies, your abdomen should remain firm and tight until you are old enough to not care about your abdomen :). ...Read more

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How long does it take for your skin to feel normal after a tummy tuck?

How long does it take for your skin to feel normal after a tummy tuck?

Variable: It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .

Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .

Most do.: There is some variability when it comes to the use of drains after tummy tuck surgery. I personally do use drains and remove them when their “output” is low. This averages 1 to 2 weeks generally. ...Read more

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How long after a tummy tuck should you wait before having sex?

How long after a tummy tuck should you wait before having sex?

6 weeks: In general, most surgeons advise patients to wait 6 weeks after any major surgery before vigorous activity, including sex. Scars get about 80 % of their final strength at that time and are less likely to open up. ...Read more

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How long does the tummy tuck take?

How long does the tummy tuck take?

2-4 hours: Depending upon the work needed to create the result you are looking for, a standard tummy tuck usually takes me 3-4 hours. I usually include some liposuction. I also hand sew everything (i.e. Avoid the use of internal or external staples). This time includes the time that it takes to put you to sleep and the time it takes to wake you from anesthesia. ...Read more

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How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

How long does a tummy tuck surgery take?

Depends: Larger people will take slightly longer, but an average woman will take about 1.5 hours. ...Read more

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How long after tummy tuck before using jacuzzi?

How long after tummy tuck before using jacuzzi?

It depends on your: Doctor. Some say one month, some say right away. It will depend on the preferences of your individual surgeon. ...Read more

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When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

When will I be able to exercise after a mini tummy tuck? I can’t imagine going long without working out. How long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before going back to the gym? .

Depends: The timing of exercise after surgery depends on the actual procedure performed and the postoperative period.
Generally speaking light exercise after 3-4 weeks, any strenous activity should not be for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a tummy tuck to heal?

2-8 weeks: 2 weeks for most to return to a desk job. 8 weeks to resume all strenuous activity. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?

4-6 weeks: I usually recommend to my patients to go at least 4-6 weeks after a tummy tuck before any vigourous exercise or strenuous activity. After that, most patients report that they fully feel like themselves in about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for recovery on a tummy tuck?

How long does it take for recovery on a tummy tuck?

Tummy Tuck Recovery: Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty recovery can vary based on the size of the incision, the type of muscle plication and the amount of liposuction done with the procedure. It takes one year to see the final result (complete healing). After about six weeks you are back to exercise assuming no adverse events or complications. Drains are out at 2 weeks post op and you can resume some activity. ...Read more

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How long should you work out every day after tummy tuck?

Gradual return best: Exercise is typically started gradually after the first couple of weeks (for abdominal exercises). Walking, exercycle, and upper extremity lifting can begin in a bout 7-10 days. Best to gradually exert and not overdo. Tummy tuck will make most patients tire quickly, so not over-pushing exercise is usually recommended. Follow the instructions of your physician. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from having a tummy tuck?

How long does it take to recover from having a tummy tuck?

3-6 weeks: I typically recommend that patients take off 1-2 weeks from work depending upon their line of work. They then ease into activities during weeks 3-4 and work up to full activities by week 6. These are general guidelines. As every person is different, I recommend seeing a board certified plastic surgeon who can assess you as an individual and determine what your recovery will likely be. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully recover from a tummy tuck? How long is the complete recovery from a tummy tuck? .

Complete: Complete recovery can take up to two years. However, most patients are at approximately 80% by 3 months after surgery. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after giving birth to get a tummy tuck?

How long do you have to wait after giving birth to get a tummy tuck?

6 months: Returning close to a pre-pregnancy and maintainable weight is important before undergoing a tummy tuck. Some women bounce back quickly in this area after a pregnancy and others take longer. My average weighting period is six months after birth but this is a general guideline only. Good luck with the new baby! ...Read more

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Realistically, if I've had SmartLipo and not liking the results, how long must I wait to get Lipo or Tummy tuck?

Realistically, if I've had SmartLipo and not liking the results, how long must I wait to get Lipo or Tummy tuck?

At least 6 months...: To repeat surgery of same or similar nature at same or nearby site should be done at least 6 months or longer until the healing of the tissues operated upon matures & become soft. Besides, before embarking upon surgery for shaping body for obesity, patients should counseled for realistic doable weight loss program and expectation. Surgery of this nature alone wouldn't suffice for weight control. ...Read more

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I had my tummy tuck 5 weeks ago, till last week I was fine and since week 4, I feel a very sharp pain along with strongburning sensation. What's wrong?

I had my tummy tuck 5 weeks ago, till last week I was fine and since week 4, I feel a very sharp pain along with strongburning sensation. What's wrong?

Hard to say: Burning can be from nothing to nerve inflammation and recovery, to infection, to stitches in the muscle popping. This is one of those questions you should definitely run by your surgeon! ...Read more

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Can I lift things after having a mini tummy tuck? I have a small daughter—how long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before I can pick her up? .

Can I lift things after having a mini tummy tuck? I have a small daughter—how long after my mini tummy tuck do I have to wait before I can pick her up? .

Two weeks: Straining activities such as lifting will increase your blood pressure and may open up a bleeder and cause a hematoma. You may sit down and have your child on your lap but no lifting for the most critical few days. ...Read more

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How long after having a baby can I get a tummy tuck & implants?

One year: It is best to give your abdomen a year to recuperate, and you should have stopped breast feeding at least three months before any breast surgery. ...Read more

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I had a c-section last july, if I want a tummy tuck when is it ok to have it done?

I had a c-section last july, if I want a tummy tuck when is it ok to have it done?

When you're ready: You are well-healed at this point. If you are planning another pregnancy, wait until after that. Otherwise, go ahead and see a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a tummy tuck surgery last year then I got keloid on my wound how I can medicate it?

I had a tummy tuck surgery last year then I got keloid on my wound how I can medicate it?

Keloids are complex: Keloids are complex and difficult to predict and excision could make them worse. Treatment may vary from pressure, massage, silicone, steroid injection, radiation, and last surgery.
The Graston techniques has gained popularity.
Some now advocate the use of 5FU (fluorouracil) + steroid injections ...Read more

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Can the sutures from a tummy tuck be a long term concern or everything is ok after the 6 week recovery period. Would it pose as a hazard in strenuous?

Can the sutures from a tummy tuck be a long term concern or everything is ok after the 6 week recovery period. Would it pose as a hazard in strenuous?

Sutures in TT???: Not sure what you are asking? If you have 'non dissolvable sutures than they need removal. If dissolvable than if after 6 weeks still present they need removal also. Best to return to see your chosen operative surgeon for very very close follow up... ...Read more

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How long does fat necrosis take to heal after tummy tuck and what is best for wound care, packing and cleaning?

How long does fat necrosis take to heal after tummy tuck and what is best for wound care, packing and cleaning?

Fat necrosis healing: If you get fat necrosis after a tummy tuck, it may take months to heal. The necrosis can evolve into scar tissue or a cyst. You should talk to your surgeon if you have this! ...Read more

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Will I have to wear a special garment after a mini tummy tuck? I’ve heard that a compression garment is worn after a mini tummy tuck. What is it for, and how long will I have to wear it? .

Varies...: Your plastic surgeon will be your best resource when it comes to specifics. This is true because different plastic surgeons will use different binders/garments whereas some will use no garment… best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Otto Placik
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Tummy Tuck (Definition)

A tummy tuck involves enhancing the appearance of the abdomen. In order to provide the best results there is skin resection, liposuction and muscle tightening ...Read more