The Following Weeks
For the first 48 to 72 hours, we recommend having a trusted friend or family member assist you around the house. Once the anesthesia wears off, light walking is encouraged because it can reduce the risk of complications like blood clots. However, patients should avoid bending over or lifting anything heavy.
You should also stay hydrated and follow any dietary guidelines given to you by Dr. Liland. Patients who use tobacco should stop smoking altogether for several weeks, as nicotine significantly hinders the body’s natural healing processes.
Preparation is the key to a safe recovery.
During your recovery, keep a close eye on your incisions. If you notice any redness, swelling, or other signs of infection, contact our office right away. Keeping your activity level to a minimum can help you avoid any complications.
When Can I Return to Normal Activities?
While exact timelines vary from patient to patient, those with sedentary desk jobs can often return to the office in about one week where patients with more physically demanding jobs should wait at least two to three weeks. You will be able to drive again after two weeks of healing and can resume any exercise routines after a month.
Tips and Tricks for Enjoying a Successful Recovery
Preparation is the key to a safe recovery. Before you come in for your tummy tuck, take time to sit down and review all pre-and post-op instructions. Make sure you gather everything you need prior to your surgery day. For example:
- Go by the pharmacy to pick up your prescriptions a few days early
- Stock your pantry with healthy foods
- Gather books, tablets, music, and other forms of entertainment and keep them by your bedside
- Do all your housework and laundry ahead of time
Think ahead and anticipate your needs. These simple things can make all the difference for a successful tummy tuck recovery.