Helping You Through a Safe & Comfortable Tummy Tuck Recovery

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A smooth and safe recovery from abdominoplasty surgery is an important step towards ensuring satisfactory results. Respected surgeon Dr. Craig Foster has the training and skills necessary to provide an exceptional surgical and post-surgical experience. By providing you with detailed post-operative instructions and closely monitoring your healing, he can minimize your recovery time and achieve optimal results. To learn more about what you can expect during your tummy tuck recovery, please reach out to our Manhattan, New York, practice today and schedule your consultation.

The First 48 Hours

Patients are advised to rest lying down for the first 48 hours after surgery. During this initial phase of the healing process, your abdominal muscles may feel tight and sore. A special support garment may be provided to prevent the buildup of fluid and aid in contouring. For some patients, Dr. Foster may place drainage tubes at the incision sites to promote proper healing.

During the first two days, patients will experience general discomfort, bruising, and swelling, although the severity is unique to each individual. Dr. Foster may prescribe medication to manage any discomfort, or an over-the-counter pain reliever cleared by our office may be sufficient. Patients should arrange for assistance with everyday tasks from a family member or friend for the first few days following the procedure.

The Following Week

During your follow-up visits to our office, Dr. Foster will remove the drainage tubes and monitor your healing progress. By this time, patients should be up and moving around to the extent that they are comfortable with. Even slight activity will aid in your recovery and help prevent the formation of blood clots. By the end of the first week, any discomfort, swelling, or bruising will have begun to subside. You will be able to increase your activity level, and in many cases, you may be able to return to work. 

Week Two

By the second week, side effects will have diminished to only minor swelling and soreness. Additional non-strenuous activities, such as walking, can promote faster healing by increasing blood flow. It is important to remember that any exercise that significantly raises your heart rate or places strain on the abdominal muscles or incision locations should be avoided.

Weeks Three through Six

In weeks three through six, any residual swelling should be greatly reduced. This is often an exciting time for patients. Not only are they feeling better, but the final results of their procedure will become more apparent. Although your mobility and energy level should be at or close to normal, patients should continue to refrain from strenuous exercise until Dr. Foster's approval.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More

Dr. Foster is deeply committed to each patient's health and safety and strives to promote patient education. Understanding each stage of your tummy tuck procedure, from planning to recovery, is an important part of your surgical care. To find out how Dr. Foster’s expertise can provide you with a safe and rewarding tummy tuck recovery, please reach out to our practice and schedule your appointment.