Tummy tuck surgery offers dramatic results for men and women who just can’t achieve that firm, flat stomach through diet and exercise. Often, this is because significant weight loss or pregnancy have left the stomach skin loose and saggy. And even the strictest exercise regimen can’t flatten the belly pouch that results from a separation of the abdominal muscles called diastasis recti.
Even though tummy tuck patients at my Roanoke practice are excited about the potential transformation of a tummy tuck, many are apprehensive about the recovery process. In this blog post, I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about tummy tuck recovery so you’re prepared for this important but temporary stage.
How painful is a tummy tuck?
The pain pump that I routinely use makes the first three days after surgery far more comfortable than in the past. By the time the numbing medicine in the pain pump runs out, most of the potential severe discomfort is passed.
I spend a great deal of time explaining to my patients what they should expect during the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) recovery process, and most of them report that their recovery was easier than anticipated.
How do I prepare for a tummy tuck?
I recommend that my patients be prepared to:
- Be off work for several weeks
- Limit the amount of climbing stairs in their house by arranging to live on one level
- Have a relative or friend help them in the house for a week or two
- Be patient.
My patients tend to be more active earlier, and they often need to be held back from doing too much too soon. In spite of the great feedback I have received regarding the recovery process, the usual abdominoplasty patient should still expect a slow recovery. It may help to remember that your recovery is temporary. If you need a little emotional boost during recovery, it can help to look at tummy tuck before-and-after photos to keep the end result in mind.
Contact Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia
If you’re interested in a tummy tuck and you’re in the Roanoke area, including Lynchburg, Blacksburg, or Charlottesville, call us at (540) 776-1600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silberblatt. You can also use our online contact form to request a consultation.