How Long Does IT Take To Recover From Tummy Tuck?

If it’s been long since you’re carrying that extra flab around your abs and are clueless about it the probably time to consider a tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck surgery also known as abdominoplasty is an exclusive cosmetic surgical procedure which involves removing extra fat around your tummy and tightening the skin around your tummy for a sleek younger look. Before opting for a tummy tuck surgery it’s always wise to analyze your expectations and ensure that they are realistic enough.  Select a board certified surgeon who might weigh your options, examine the kind of fat you have to decide which tummy tuck option is best for you.


Normally the recovery of tummy tuck surgery depends on the type of tummy tuck you’ve chosen. There are normally three types of tummy tuck surgeries popular among people-

  1. Mini Tummy Tuck-

Mini tummy tuck is the most basic form of tummy tuck method in which a small amount of skin is removed from the abdomen. Here incision is made around the tummy and the excess skin is removed and tightened to give your abs a firm look. During this procedure, the navel doesn’t require any repositioning and the patient can get back to normal activities in less than a week. Light rest and pain medications may be prescribed.

  1. Standard Tummy Tuck-

This kind of tummy tuck surgery is perfect for those who possess a large amount of fat or loose skin around their tummy. In this tummy tuck, because the incision made is larger compared to the mini tummy tuck, navel repositioning is required after removal of excess fat or skin. The hospital stay in this type of surgery is comparatively more than a mini tummy tuck and the recovery period is 2 to 3 weeks. Patients might have to avoid intense physical activity and take pain medications for a speedy recovery.

  1. Extended Tummy Tuck

This type of tummy tuck is specially meant for those patients who have a large amount of fat around their tummy, hips and lower back. Extended tummy tuck is mostly performed along with liposuction to drain the extra fat around the tummy. After this, the surgeon tightens the skin around the hips and lower back to revert back to the old body shape. Just like the traditional tummy tuck here too the patient’s navel has to be repositioned for a normal look.

Recovery After Tummy Tuck-

Earlier patients were advised a prolonged rest period after tummy tuck surgery which often led to abnormal blood clots, pain, tingling sensation and breathing problems. But nowadays doctors advise patients to move around to resume normal life. Here’s a 101 on the type of care prescribed for recovery from tummy tuck surgery-

  1. Bed Rest And Diet

Following abdominoplasty you should lie in a bed with elevated head and with multiple pillows under your knees. This position keeps your torso elevated which helps the lungs to expand and ease breathing with better blood supply to the wounds.

  1. Compression Garment-

The patients are advised to wear compression garments to diminish swelling and avoid fluid accumulations. It is attached with suspenders to prevent folding or displacement.

  1. Pain Medications-

The Patients are prescribed antibiotics post-surgery to avoid any swelling or infections. Pain pumps may be used along with pain meds to speed recovery. They help the patients to breathe and rest better.

  1. Bathroom Hygiene

The patient must visit bathroom as frequent as needed but try to use bathroom without removing the compression garment for first five days. After first five days, the drain pumps are removed and the patient is asked to move around at least thrice a day to alleviate pain and remove blood clots.


Cost of Tummy tuck Surgery-

In order to opt for a tummy tuck surgery you may consult a board certified surgeon and discuss your medical history and type of tummy tuck to be performed. The cost of tummy tuck surgery is approximately same as the of male chest reduction surgery cost. It comes around 1 to 2 lakhs INR depending upon the clinic,facility, city and the surgeon your choose.

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