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.
They are prepared to be off work for several weeks, limit the amount of climbing stairs in their house by arranging to live on one level, and usually have a relative or friend helping them in the house for a week or two. 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 past. 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.