The tummy tuck is a major surgery that addresses loose skin and stubborn fat around the abdominal region. As such, patients are often curious about what to expect from the procedure – especially when it comes to the recovery process and the results. Below, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the post-tummy tuck experience.
How long after a tummy tuck do you see results?
Tummy tuck results are technically visible immediately, but they will be disguised by swelling, bruising and other side effects of surgery. Therefore, results will become visible gradually, and may not be noticeable until a few months after treatment. While most of your results should be visible approximately 3 months after treatment, it may take as long as a year for the full results of your tummy tuck to develop.
Does your body change after a tummy tuck?
Yes, the tummy tuck procedure removes excess skin, stubborn fat and may even tighten the abdominal muscles. These changes will create a firmer and flatter abdomen, bringing permanent change to the body. However, the body will still change over time due to aging, exercise and dietary habits.
How long is the tummy tuck recovery?
The tummy tuck recovery has multiple stages; the initial recovery period typically lasts 2-3 weeks. During this time, patients are encouraged to rest as much as possible, and as such, should plan to take time away from work and other activities. After approximately 3 months, most side effects will have resolved and patients can return to their normal lifestyles. At this point, most patients are considered fully recovered. However, it is possible that some minor swelling and side effects persist for as long as a year.
Can your stomach get big again after a tummy tuck?
Yes, the longevity of your tummy tuck results will depend largely on your diet and exercise habits. While you will achieve a flatter, firmer stomach through a tummy tuck, sticking to a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine will help maintain your results for as long as possible. Failure to do so can lead to weight gain, causing the stomach to get big again after the tummy tuck procedure.
To learn more about the tummy tuck surgery and how to maintain the results for as long as possible, contact us today at Port City Plastic Surgery.