What to Expect After a Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures available to both men and women. It’s an ideal option for those who have lost weight but have been unsuccessful at getting the sculpted, toned abdominal area they truly want. If you’re considering a tummy tuck with our double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Berman, it’s important to know what to expect. Here’s a quick guide to the tummy tuck and your recovery period here in Boca Raton.

What’s the Goal of a Tummy Tuck?

Although it’s possible to lose weight through dieting and exercise alone, it takes extreme dedication to achieve a defined, contoured stomach – especially if you have leftover, stretched skin. The goal of the tummy tuck is to achieve a flatter, thinner midsection by getting rid of stubborn fat and excess skin. It also aims to tighten stretched abdominal muscles. All of these goals can benefit people who lost significant weight or underwent pregnancy. Keeping these things in mind, you can begin to see how recovery is essential to getting good results.

What to Expect After Tummy Tuck Surgery

As a general rule, you should begin feeling more like your old self around one to two months after your tummy tuck (sooner if you opt for a mini tummy tuck). Of course, there are certain things to expect on your journey toward recovery. 

Caring for Your Incisions

At the end of your surgery, sutures and dressings will be placed. You’ll be given detailed instructions on how to care for them. While showering, use mild soap and be gentle while washing around the area. Redress the incisions and use an antibiotic ointment to keep the area moist and free of infection.

Limiting Activity

Avoid any lifting, bending, or prolonged standing. Keep someone you trust around to help you with day-to-day tasks for the first few days, as well. Around one to two weeks after your tummy tuck, you can resume light duties like cooking and driving. You can return to work if you don’t do anything strenuous, such as a desk job. If your job is physically demanding, you’ll need additional time off to recuperate. Dr. Berman will give you a personalized estimate based on your occupation.

Wearing Your Compression Garment

A compression garment helps reduce swelling and ensure good results. Make sure to wear this as much as possible for the first few weeks. Only take it off to bathe, and contact our team if it feels too tight or uncomfortable.

Managing Side Effects and Preventing Complications

During the first few days, you’ll need to rest in an upright position and stay hydrated to prevent blood clots. Our team will prescribe medications to manage discomfort. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking for at least three months. Bruising will fade within a few weeks, but it can take a few months for most swelling to fade. Wearing your compression garment can help this process.

Fading Your Incisions

Dr. Berman takes every step to ensure your incisions are well hidden within your natural contours. However, it can take up to a year for your scars to settle into their final appearance. Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing sunscreen can help this process – we can also recommend scar products to ensure you get a good result.

Tummy Tuck in Boca Raton, FL

Berman Plastic Surgery & Spa is a premier choice for tummy tuck surgery in the Boca Raton area. To meet with our renowned plastic surgeon, contact us today by calling our office at 561.235.3208 or by filling out our online form.

Dr. Jonathan Ross Berman is a Boca Raton plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery with over 30 years of service experience specializing in Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Face Lift, Liposuction, and many other types of plastic surgery in Boca Raton, FL.

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