Although the recovery time can take up to a month, I find that my tummy tuck surgery patients have some of the highest satisfaction levels post-operatively. Without fail, time and again, they tell me it was all worth it. Most of our patients can use the following guidelines when planning for tummy tuck recovery time: Driving- 1 – 2 weeks Sports- 4 – 6 weeks Sexual activity- 2 weeks Travel- 2 weeks Social and work activities- 2 to 4 weeks I generally recommend two weeks “off” from school or work. During the first week, the skin on your abdomen will feel very tight and you may not be able to straighten up completely. By the end of two weeks, you will be able to stand up straight. You are able to drive when you are no longer taking narcotic painkillers. I recommend that my patients wear a compression garment for the first six weeks post-surgery. Exercise can resume at six weeks, but don’t expect too much of yourself too quickly. Give yourself a month or so to get back to your pre-operative routine. Your tummy tuck incision will be closed with absorbable sutures, they will not have to be removed. No staples are used. I like to follow up with patients and monitor their scar for the first year after surgery to ensure their satisfaction. Suggestions I have for patients undergoing this procedure: * Make sure you have a strong support system in place. Seek support from people who have the time and patience to take care of you. * Be patient with the healing process, understanding that it will take several weeks to months to feel “normal” again. * Expect less of yourself. Do not go back to work too early and let others take care of you (for a change). * Keep in close communication with me and my staff. Do not hesitate to communicate questions and concerns about the physical and emotional issues you are experiencing. We’ve seen it all and we can help! * My tummy tuck surgery patients experience a high level of patient satisfaction. If you focus on the positive end result and how happy you’ll be with your new look, recovery will generally go very well for you. You deserve to look your best! Learn more about Tummy Tucks at Port City Plastic Surgery in Charleston, SC. Schedule your Tummy Tuck consult with Dr. Widenhouse today.