What should I expect during the initial recovery?
There are a few stages to expect during recovery from a tummy tuck. During the initial recovery period you can expect swelling and bruising and some discomfort. The swelling is managed with drainage tubes that will allow any fluid build up to exit your body and aid in the healing process. Swelling is managed by wearing a compression garment that supports the abdomen as it heals, helping it to take on its new, sculpted, tauter shape. Most bruising and swelling will disappear within three to four weeks.
When will I be able to exercise again after surgery?
Any exercise or strenuous activity must be avoided for at least the first six weeks. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled with Dr. Beck who will evaluate your condition and let you know when you can safely resume your exercise program. The priority is your health. It takes time before the incisions can endure any physical stress. Heavy lifting or exercise can put stress on the incisions and may compromise your results, so take the time to relax and take it easy during the first six weeks and gradually increase your level of activity, guided by our plastic surgeon.
What can I do to ensure that healing goes smoothly?
Things that you can do to help with the healing process include:
- Going on short walks without much elevation and increasing the length of those walks as you heal. This helps to increase your circulation to reduce the risk of blood clots and help drain fluid.
- Drinking plenty of water, as this can help to keep your body healthy as you heal.
- Getting lots of rest so that the stress on your body is reduced, allowing more of your energy to be spent on healing.
- Avoiding any physical strain on the incisions, including lifting children and pets!
What kind of post-op care instructions should I expect?
You will be sent home with full written aftercare instructions which must be followed to reduce the risk of complications. Discomfort and any pain can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Beck. You will have aftercare instructions to care for any drainage tubes, which are removed within seven to fourteen days, based upon the healing process in your case. Take all prescribed medications as directed, including the full course of antibiotics. At Beck Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns that arise during your recovery.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
A tummy tuck can range in price based on the extent of the surgery. Some people may require a larger scale procedure where others may be candidates for a mini tummy tuck. The hours required and the fees for the anesthesia as well as other costs all figure into the final cost. The average cost of a mini tummy tuck is between $8,000 to $12,000 but varies, patient to patient. For a more extensive tummy tuck, the cost be as much as $20,000. Only a private consultation can reveal what will be needed in your individual case.