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What Should I Expect After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

What Should I Expect After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

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

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 liposuction tummy tuck procedure, so the Dr Lanzer Clinic advises to take some time off work once you had your procedure.  

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 physical activity for some time after their procedure. 

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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 immediately; this because most patients experience swelling after the lipo tummy tuck procedure. 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. 


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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.  

Do you have any questions about your follow-up appointment? Feel free to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic beforehand. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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 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 time needed to 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-Effect Can I Experience After a Tummy Tuck? 

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

The discomfort patients experience after their procedure can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. However, the surgeon can prescribe some pain management medication and some antibiotics to prevent infections.  

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, please contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic before taking it. 

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? Feel free to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic today for some additional information. Patients can contact us by phone, but also via email or web form. 


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