Abdominoplasty, which is more commonly known as the tummy tuck, is a major procedure, so it’s important to take the recovery process seriously. Following the steps given by your plastic surgeon means that your recovery goes smoothly and safely. If you’re living an active lifestyle, it can be difficult to take some downtime after surgery. If you’re looking to get back to your routine, here’s a rough guide to what you can expect from the timeline.
The Initial Recovery
Immediately following the procedure, you’ll feel some pain and discomfort in your abdomen. You’ll want to rest throughout this period since taking it easy is the best thing you can do for yourself. This will give your body time to start the healing process.
After the first two weeks or so, it will be important to start moving around a little more, though you still don’t want to push yourself too hard. Even though you may feel better, it’s important to remember that it will take up to a full year for your abdominal tissue to completely heal. This means your abdominal tissue will be weaker than it was before the procedure. Typically, it will be half as strong after two months and will regain 70% of its normal strength six months after the procedure.