Tummy Tuck

What to Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

Cosmetic Procedures

Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can be one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance of your midsection. There are a variety of  different tummy tuck types that can be customized for your individual needs, but no matter what type of tummy tuck Dr. Meade performs, you can expect some of the same general aspects to your recovery period.


Immediately following any surgery, you can expect some degree of swelling. It’s important to wear the compression garment Dr. Meade recommends for the first couple of weeks after getting your tummy tuck. Your compression garment helps to reduce swelling, promote blood flow and maximize your comfort. You can also ask about lymphatic massage to encourage faster healing for improved tummy tuck results.

Post-Surgical Drains

Most tummy tuck procedures require the use of post-surgical drains to prevent fluid buildup. A condition known as seroma can result from uncontrolled fluid buildup, but this is easily prevented with the use of drains. Dr. Meade will instruct you on how frequently to empty your post-surgical drains.

Lots of Rest

While you may be tempted to dive back into your normal routine as soon as possible, keep in mind that any surgical procedure requires lots of rest so that your body can devote as much energy as possible to healing. You can expect to return to work one to two weeks after your tummy tuck and ease back into an exercise routine over the following several months.

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