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How Long Does Swelling Last After A Tummy Tuck
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
How long should I wait to have a tummy tuck afterc section and what do u tjthink about tummy tucks (witch hazel)?
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
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
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
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
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
Variable: It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck. ...Read more
Are drains used after a tummy tuck? Are drains used after a tummy tuck, and if so, for how long? .
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
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? .
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
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
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
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
How long does it take to fully recover from a tummy tuck? How long is the complete recovery from 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
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
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?
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? .
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
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
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?
How long does fat necrosis take to heal after tummy tuck and what is best for wound care, packing and cleaning?
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
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