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What To Expect For My Tummy Tuck Recovery?

What To Expect For My Tummy Tuck Recovery?

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One of the most common questions we get is what a patient should expect during their tummy tuck recovery. Of course, this is a pointed question, because every patient should fully understand the procedure and their tummy tuck recovery. To ensure patients have access to this vital information about the tummy tuck recovery, we have created an overview of frequently asked questions relating to the tummy tuck recovery.

How Long Do I Have to Stay at the Clinic After My Tummy Tuck? 

The tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, so most patients can leave our clinic on the same day of their surgery. However, the patient will be monitored and evaluated before the patient can leave the clinic; this to reduce the chance of complications.

Even though we do everything we can to avoid complications, they are still a possibility. Therefore, it is a good idea to have someone with you for the first 48 hours after your surgery. If you believe you are suffering from a complication, please contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic or page Dr Lanzer.

Do I Have to Take Time Off Work? 

You will need some time to recover after a body contouring procedure, so the Dr Lanzer Clinic advises to take a small vacation once you had your treatment. 

The time you need off work does depend on the type of job you have. For example, if you have a physically demanding job, you will need more time off than a person with a less physically demanding job; this because patients need to avoid strenuous activity for some time after their procedure. A physically demanding job can entail a number of things; this could involve weight lifting on a daily basis, but also running, bending, and other physical activities that go beyond a gentle walk.

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How Long Until I Can See the Results from a Liposuction Tummy Tuck? 

Results obtained from lipo tummy tuck will not be visible on the abdominal area immediately; this because most patients experience swelling for some days after surgery. Therefore, patients can only evaluate the results obtained from lipo tummy tuck after the swelling has subsided; this usually happens during a follow-up appointment at The Dr Lanzer Clinic.

Please note that the final results of a lipo tummy tuck procedure will not be visible until several months after the procedure. Therefore, final results are only visible once you have gone through your tuck recovery.

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An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for tummy tuck procedures. Patients should recover from a lipo tummy tuck for several months, since the body needs time to repair itself. 

If you’re looking to remove fat from your tummy, get a free consultation at the Tummy Tuck clinic with Dr Lanzer.

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When Do I Need To Return To The Dr Lanzer Clinic For The Follow-Up Appointment?

The time until you need to return for a follow-up appointment varies from patient to patient, so the date when you need to return will be determined at The Dr Lanzer Clinic. The follow-up appointment is usually determined before you leave the clinic after your lipo tummy tuck procedure.

Patients can sometimes have questions about their follow-up appointment, so do not hesitate to ask these questions before your procedure takes place or simply by contacting our receptionists.

Could I Encounter A Seroma After A Tummy Tuck?

Seroma is a side-effect that could occur after a liposuction procedure. A seroma could be described as a collection of serum, which is usually lymph fluid. Seroma can collect in a cavity in the body, which could be formed after a lipo procedure. 

A seroma is often bothersome for patients, but rarely dangerous. For most patients, the seroma will sort itself out over several weeks. However, if a patient is quite bothered by the seroma, they can contact their surgeon and the seroma can be removed manually.

To remove a seroma, the cosmetic surgeon can use a syringe, which is used to drain the seroma manually. So, if you encounter a seroma after your procedure, you can have it removed opposed to letting it sort itself out over a period of weeks. 

Of course, not all patients will experience seroma, because it can depend on the type of technique used by the surgeon and the amount of fat that is removed during your procedure. However, in some cases a seroma is unavoidable. If you are concerned about seroma, please speak to your surgeon before you have your surgery.

How Long Until I Can Resume My Normal Physical Activities?

As we mentioned briefly earlier, patients must avoid strenuous activities for some time after their procedure. Of course, each patient heals in their own time, so the recovery period needed to fully recover is different for everyone.

We advise patients to visit The Dr Lanzer Clinic for their follow-up appointment before resuming their normal physical activities. The Dr Lanzer Clinic can also give you some advice on when to resume your normal activities before you leave the clinic. Naturally, this can vary from patient to patient.

If you are uncertain whether to resume your normal activities or not, please contact The Dr Lanzer Clinic first. Your safety is important to us, so do not hesitate to give us a call if you experience some problems, or if you are uncertain if you are ready to resume your normal activities.

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What Side-Effects Can I Experience After A Tummy Tuck?

As the tummy tuck includes removing excess skin and fat, and possibly relocating the belly button, side-effects can range in severity. They are subject to the overall scope of the procedure and the techniques used by your surgeon.

Even though side-effects may vary from patient to patient, there are some symptoms that most patients experience after their tuck. Common side-effects that patients experience after a lipo tummy tuck are swelling, bruising and general discomfort. 

The discomfort patients experience after their procedure can be managed with pain medication obtained over the counter. However, the surgeon can prescribe some pain management medication and some antibiotics to prevent infections.  The patient may also require an abdominal binder or compression garment, which will help reduce the side-effects.

Some patients may have to avoid some types of medications during their recovery; this information will be provided before your procedure takes place. If you are unsure about a medication, always contact the clinic first.

To avoid complications, it is always recommended to keep the blood flowing after your procedure; this by doing some gentle walking. Even though strenuous activity is advised against, light walking can prevent complications such as a blood clot.

During your recovery, we always tell patients to pay particular attention to the incision site. If you notice anything unusual, contact your clinic immediately.

Where Can I Go With Additional Questions About Recovery After A Tummy Tuck?

Do you have any remaining questions after reading this article? Or do you require some clarification about a part of your recovery? Get in touch with the clinic today for some additional information. Patients can contact us by phone, but also via email or web form.

Please note, Dr Lanzer is a board-certified surgeon and dermatologist and is a member of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS). Dr Lanzer also has his own surgery centre where procedures are performed.

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