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

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Variable

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

In brief: Variable

It may take up to a year or more for the feeling to return after a tummy tuck.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Months/Years

The loss of skin sensation is normal after tummy tuck surgery.
The return of sensation may take several months and even years to occur.

In brief: Months/Years

The loss of skin sensation is normal after tummy tuck surgery.
The return of sensation may take several months and even years to occur.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nerves are stretched

Most of the time after abdominoplasty the nerves are stretched and therefore can regain feeling.
There are some nerves that need to be intentionally severed to do the operation. These areas may or may not regain sensitivity.

In brief: Nerves are stretched

Most of the time after abdominoplasty the nerves are stretched and therefore can regain feeling.
There are some nerves that need to be intentionally severed to do the operation. These areas may or may not regain sensitivity.
Dr. Eric Chang
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Complicated

After a tummy tuck part of your skin will stay numb permanently.
This is usually the part in the lower central portion of your tummy and has to do with the way the operation is performed. There will be some recovery of feeling in this area up to about a year, then it will stay that way permanently.

In brief: Complicated

After a tummy tuck part of your skin will stay numb permanently.
This is usually the part in the lower central portion of your tummy and has to do with the way the operation is performed. There will be some recovery of feeling in this area up to about a year, then it will stay that way permanently.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Weeks to months

You will see the tightened and smoother skin soon after a tummy tuck, but there is often an area of numbness or reduced sensitivity in the lower abdomen.
This can take several months to resolve but is not usually bothersome.

In brief: Weeks to months

You will see the tightened and smoother skin soon after a tummy tuck, but there is often an area of numbness or reduced sensitivity in the lower abdomen.
This can take several months to resolve but is not usually bothersome.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually 1 week

If by "normal" you mean not stretched out, then that feeling usually resolves in about 1 week.
The entire healing process takes several weeks and the scar will continue to change for many months.

In brief: Usually 1 week

If by "normal" you mean not stretched out, then that feeling usually resolves in about 1 week.
The entire healing process takes several weeks and the scar will continue to change for many months.
Dr. Timothy King
Dr. Timothy King
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