Recovering From Your Abdominoplasty


For patients in Phoenix suffering from loose skin, stretch marks, stubborn fat deposits and stretched abdominal muscles, an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is often a good way of addressing problems that diet and exercise just can't fix. But our patients are busy people, and they're worried about recovering from their abdominoplasty. They don't want to miss much work, and they're worried that they're ability to move around and be active will be restricted for too long. Dr. John J. Corey has years of experience with the abdominoplasty procedure, and he can help ensure your recovery process is as smooth as possible.

Before performing your abdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Corey will answer any abdominoplasty  questions you might have and lay out precisely what you can expect during the recovery phase. And after your abdominoplasty, Dr. Corey will closely monitor your recovery to ensure everything is moving smoothly and that you are not suffering any complications.

Unless you also undergo liposuction as part of the abdominoplasty, you will not have to wear any abdominal binders.

You can expect to feel a bit of discomfort when getting out of bed for the first four or five days after the surgery. Dr. Corey will send you home with a pain pump that drips local anesthetic in the area for that time frame. In about a week you should be up and about with little problem.

Most patients are back to work about 10 to 14 days after undergoing an abdominoplasty. Still, you should refrain from vigorous physical activity, such as sit-ups or heavy lifting, for about six weeks after your procedure. And patients with children should probably have some sort of caregiver around for a week or so.

If you live in the Phoenix area and you’re considering a tummy tuck or any other sort of cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. John J. Corey and Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today for more information.