When it comes to a significant plastic surgery procedure like a tummy tuck, we want you to understand the recovery process and what you can expect to experience after surgery.
I have performed hundreds of tummy tucks throughout my career as a board-certified plastic surgeon and body contouring specialist. Generally, my patients love their results and report that with the proper recovery care, their surgical sites have healed successfully and led to long-term positive changes to their bodies and their confidence.
In this post, I’d like to give you an idea of what the recuperation process entails so you can be best prepared for your procedure.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Focusing on rest and recovery is essential when it comes to ensuring long-lasting results following your procedure. Tummy tuck patients can typically return to their usual activities within a few weeks, and I will equip patients with detailed information on how best to help the healing process during that time.
Why Are Tummy Tuck Drains Used?
Drains are an important part of recovery, allowing excess fluid to leave the body rather than build up around the incision site. Fluid is redirected through tubes into bulbs designed for easy emptying and cleaning. Caring for these bulbs and the drains themselves plays a major role in encouraging the body to recover quickly and effectively.
How Often Do You Empty the Drains?
Drains are placed in the abdomen to collect fluids after surgery, and you will need to empty them regularly in the beginning of the recovery process. On the first day following your procedure, you will need to empty the bulbs every few hours. After a few days, fluid will dispel more slowly, and you’ll only need to empty the bulbs when they are half full, which is typically 2 to 3 times a day.
What Should I Know About Cleaning the Drains?
You will also need to clean the tummy tuck drain site daily to reduce the risk of infection. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, rash, or a fever, you should contact your surgeon immediately.
How Long Do Drains Stay in After a Tummy Tuck?
Typically, surgical drains are removed within a week of surgery.
With proper recovery care, your tummy tuck surgical site should heal at a healthy rate and lead to the long-lasting results our patients love. To see a great example of a beautifully healed patient, take a look at these powerful before-and-after photos.