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HEALING After A Tummy Tuck

This is my experience with healing and recovery after a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with a lateral thigh lift. If you are looking to get cosmetic surgery, this is what you may be in for.


Tummy Tuck Healing - Healing After A Tummy Tuck
Healing After A Tummy Tuck



My personal experience with pain following my surgery was surprising, even to my surgeon. I had no pain whatsoever (more about pain) I was provided with a 2 day supply of pain pills for immediately after the surgery. I took the pills as directed but I think I could have done without them. I encountered no real pain throughout my entire surgery and recovery. The only thing that I felt was a numb feeling throughout my midsection which lasted for many months.

At each of my follow-up visits with the surgeon I informed him of my pain free recovery. He was amazed at my lack of pain and said that most patients experience some level of pain and discomfort. Some more than other. I believe that my pain free surgery and recovery was due my health, physical condition and preparations that I did before my surgery.

These included
- losing weight, eating only healthy foods and following a strict diet
- taking daily supplements and vitamins
- exercising every day, including weight lifting

My suggestion to someone who anticipates undergoing surgery or body left surgery is to get into the best health and physical condition you can before the operation.


Tumy Tuck Scars & Swelling with Surgical Drains - 3 Days After Surgery. tummytuckformen.com

3 Days  After Surgery

Tummy Tuck Scars & Swelling - 2 Weeks After Surgery. tummytuckformen.com

2 Weeks  After Surgery

Abdominoplasty Scars & Swelling - 3 Months After Surgery. tummytuckformen.com

3 Months  After Surgery



The swelling was considerable as can be seen in the photograph. My first hint should have been the day following surgery when I weighed myself and found that the surgery actually added a few pounds to my weight. I was expecting to see a 5 lb loss from all the skin that was removed. Instead I found I gained weight. I attribute the weight gain to a number of factors including all the swelling, all the fluids that they pumped into me during the operation and the weight of my compression garment. It took a long time for the swelling to go down as evidenced by the following photographs. I was told that swelling around the wound or incision area should peak at about 3 days and that most of the swelling (80%) should be gone in 2 - 6 weeks and the remainder should be gone in 3 - 6 months. See more about swelling.



Scars associated surgery are a fact of life and just something you have to live with. Applying a topical steroid cream for a few days following surgery can significantly reduce scars. If done consistently for about 6 weeks, the scars will fade faster and become much less noticeable. I had initially planned to use scar fading creams that are available, but the cost was too expensive to cover so many scars. I stuck with the antibiotic ointment for the weeks following surgery.

Some patients become unhappy with the appearance of their resulting scars and go back to their surgeon for a scar revision. A scar revision is an additional surgery performed to improve or reduce the appearance of scars. It may also restore function and correct disfigurement caused by a wound, injury, or prior surgery. See more about scars.



Bruising may occur in the surgical area following tummy tuck and thigh lift surgeries. If bruising develops, it should be gone in 3 to 6 weeks. See more about bruising.



Numbness, tenderness or firmness around the surgical wound area is common. It may take several months to up to 2 years for normal feeling to return.




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