At the end of the tummy tuck, there will be steri-strips and gauze on all the incisions and you will be in an abdominal binder for added support. You will have two small drains that come out of the skin in the pubic area and are used to prevent a fluid accumulation known as a seroma. You will be given pain medication, antibiotics, and Valium after surgery. The combination of pain medication and a muscle relaxant such as Valium works incredibly well to make patients comfortable after surgery. You are encouraged to be up and walking around the night after surgery to prevent clot formation in the legs.
You can remove the gauze and shower two days after the tummy tuck. Baths and swimming are not allowed for 6 weeks after surgery. You will be seen in the office within a few days of surgery to check to make sure everything is healing well. You will have the drains removed within 1-2 weeks after the operation.
You will be able to resume light activity and return to work 1-2 weeks after tummy tuck surgery. You will then be seen one final time 2-3 months postoperatively to take the after surgery photos. At two months after surgery, you can resume vigorous exercise and working out.
If you are interested in removal of excess abdominal skin or fat with an abdominoplasty, come visit our plastic surgery office in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali. We look forward to seeing you!