How long is the recovery period for abdominoplasty?

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How long is the recovery period for abdominoplasty?

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I'm thinking about abdominoplasty and wondering how long after the surgery can I return to work, do sports, etc. How long is the recovery period for abdominoplasty?
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one or two days.
No bed at all.
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j  |  Pennsylvania
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What! One or Two days!? Are you kidding. Thats like telling a woman they can have a baby and go back to work the next day. I am sure you do not have many patients in your practice.
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Dear J,

I agree with you, after an Abdominoplasty procedure you must take two weeks down time period for absolute ress, just walking is allowed. After this time you can return to office work or ligth duties, and after one month you can do heavy exercise or practice any sport. I will be happy to assist you. Thank you. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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Hi I m 24yo male 117 kg in weight with 40 waist with hanging tummy and stretch marks
So wot should u advice doc should I go for tummy tuck or liposuction for gud results pls help me thanks
My email nvdilshan@gmail.com
I been to clinic and plastic Surgeon they both advice me differnt so can u pls help me

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Hi, at 24....I don't think abdominoplasty is the right choice for you right now (at this stage), you need to loose weight and achieve a normal weight / height ratio, abdominal exercises will help you regain a better abdominal tone. Then you can do a liposuction & abdominoplasty to remove excess fat & skin and achieve your desired aesthetic look.
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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C i need to go overseas at my sister's wedding so i need to be look gud before i go
I only got 3 months to go
Suggest me a best way i wanna be at overseas at 3 jan
So tell me what i should i go for
Pls help.me out
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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Pls reply me asap pls
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after abdominoplasty you may walk fomnext day onward but few people take two to three day to become ambulatory. your stitches will be removed after 8-10 days. dpending th job done your swelling will go after 3-4 days.
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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So what u find it out by picture should i go for tummy tuck or liposuction
I need to be quick as dates r not availble
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Hi,
in case of abdominoplasty you walk the same day of the surgery, we use only resorbable (dissolving) stitches, so no need for stitches removal. In about a week or two you may resume light daily activity and in about a month-6 weeks more strenous activity may be resumed. With modern techniques this is a much faster and safer intervention.
In case of liposuction only recovery is much faster.
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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Doctor what should i go for lipo or tummy tuck which will give me gud results and value of pain and money
And what about third week can i go to work lyk i work at fuel station includes work lyk sweepin moping and general duties
And i heard on internet that lot of people have problems after tummy tuck
So if i l go for liposuction i l be getting the same results
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Depending the indication, of course if you have hanging and extra skin, that won't correct with liposuction only. in tummy tuck we perform skin resection that takes care of extra skin and fat.
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After 3 weeks generally you may resume work.
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Mohammad Reza Farahvash M.D.  |  Plastic surgery, Tehran
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Recovery period is 2 weeks.for liposuction it depends on the amount of fat aspirated.But usually you can go to work one week after Abdominoplasty and 3-4 days after liposuction.
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If you opt for liposuction, recovery will be quicker, in a few days; however, if you opt for tummy tuck, recovery will take a few weeks / months. Decision about liposuction or tummy tuck can be made after seeing your pictures / examination, keeping in mind certainly your desires.
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Mr. Marc Pacifico M.D.  |  Plastic surgery, Royal Tunbridge Wells
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The recovery period for an abdominoplasty is at least 6-weeks with regards to long-distance travelling to be comfortable. In addition, this period will allow any minor complications that can occur to have been resolved, meaning you are confident as well as comfortable about travelling. I ask my patients in Kent, int he UK to avoid travelling for 4-6 weeks, mainly so they are near me if they have any concerns or want to come to see me easily.
Three months should be plenty of time.
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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Here is d pic just b4 two dayz and got strech marks on d top
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Dr. Goran Lazović  |  Plastic surgery, Belgrade
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The recovery period, after the abdominoplasty, is two weeks, going to work, after three weeks and doing sports after four. these periods differs in activity quantity and quality, of course.
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Good morning.
Usually my patients return to work after 10-14 days, and for sport after 2-3 months
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Dr Jerzy M. Chęciński  |  Plastic surgery, Warszawa
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Welcome.
It depends on the kind of procedure:
- mini-abdominoplasty (lower part of the abdomen) - about 2 weeks
- normal abdominoplasty (full abdomen) - about 2-3 weeks
- full, high tension abdominoplasty (with musculus rectus abdominis capsule plasty) - 3-4 weeks.

Recovery period means the time, when it will be uncomfortable to you to work and this is a time for wound healing.
After the procedure, 3-months period of safe lifestyle is reccomended (means without moderate and heavy physical effort).

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Dr. André Hazan  |  Plastic surgery, Rio de Janeiro
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Hi dear visitor
In normal condition..day after surgery..walking...2 day going home...working with out effort...eventually 10 to 20 days...
Sports...2months and half dependimg on the effort.
Warm regards
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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Georg M. Huemer MSc, MBA  |  Plastic surgery, Linz, Vienna
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it depends on the extent of the abdominoplasty procedure. whereas a limited "mini-abdominoplasty" takes about a week, a full abdominoplasty with plication of the undelying muscles can take up to 4 weeks of down-time.
equally important is if wound healing proceeds without any complications, which can happen in this kind of surgery.
as a rule of thumb, the patient is on the safe side when planning 3-4 weeks of leave from work with this procedure.

best regards,
G Huemer

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Julio César Escobar Fonseca  |  Plastic surgery, Cali
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Dear Patient:

The recovery period after abdominoplasty is variable and depends on many factors. Most importantly, in the immediate postoperative period is the early movement of the legs (walking) and oral hiper hydration. The patient should not stay in bed. During the first 2 weeks, the patient should walk at least an hour a day. Then start walking 2 hours a day until the first month. The second month, you can go to the spa and make-led sports doctor. Do not smoke or exposure to UV rays of the sun for 6 months. You could drive a car at 3 weeks, perform office work or study from 15 days and have moderate effort a month.

Despite this, remember that each case is handled individually.

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Dr. Armando G. Apellaniz Campo  |  Plastic surgery, Mexico City, Huixquilucan
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It is not advisable to remain in bed after surgery, but you can not restart normal activity too soon. I won't let my patients to return to work until at least 3 weeks have passed, and sports or other strenouss activities until 4 weeks after surgery.
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M.D. Natasa Popovic  |  Plastic surgery,
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Two weeks does not pull and push and carry objects. You wear a corset 6 to 8 nedelja. Sports activity after two to three months.
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Tamira  |  Plastic surgery, Chennai
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You would be mobilized the same day. You could return to desk job after 10 to 14 days and sports after six weeks.
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haparnumela  |  Michigan
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Abdominoplasty operations vary in scope and are frequently subdivided into categoriesThe most predictive measure of a patient’s abdominoplasty recovery time is his or her health.

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Dear,
Recovery is quick especially if mini-abdominoplasty is performed. If full abdominoplasty is performed, recovery takes a few weeks, depending on the type of procedure performed.

With Best Wishes

Dr.H.A.Khawaja, MD; Dip App: ABCS
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Normal postoperative recovery is 4-6 weeks. Abdominoplasty can performed under a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic as a day stay procedure. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include: . Pregnancy . Aging . Significant fluctuations in weight . Heredity . Prior surgery What it won’t do: A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button. Is it right for me? Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if: . You are physically healthy and at a stable weight . You have realistic expectations . You are a non-smoker . You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large.
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One month, is necessary to return all ativitites, this period is mandatory to recover.
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You can return to your work after a few weeks ( 3-4 weeks ), however you will be able to do sports after a few months ( 3-4 months ), until complete healing has taken place. This is in case you undergo full abdominoplasty. However, if you undergo Mini-Abdominoplasty ( below the umblicus ), recovery is more quicker. In these cases, you can return to your work, after some 3 weeks, and you can resume sports after 2-3 months.
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Dr. Erik Agustin Marquez Gutierrez  |  Plastic surgery, Mexico City
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Dear patient:
To do sports like runing you have to wait 2 weeks, but if you do some exerecice like weightlifting you have to wait 1 month. If you do office work (remain seated) you can work in 5 days.
Thanks for asking
Best regards
Dr. Marquez
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Sal  |  New South Wales
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Doc my partner is not supporting for the lipo or tummy tuck
She discussed with her friends and from doctors thry suggest that i shoild not go for these options
They said me to join the gym and get results in 3 months
According to them these kindof surgry is not to for me
So pls advise me will the gym and diet will work
According to the pic can i balance myself from gym
I m stucked
Pls help me
I know may be i m giving u a lot of trouble
So pls help me out again
Can i losse 15 to 20kg in 3 months
Pls reply me
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Certainly diet and exercise are probably the best ways to get yourself back in shape. But if these fail, then you should consider liposuction.
Abdominoplasty is a surgery where in the recovery period varies from person to person.

The recovery period can be directly proportional to
-The Age
-The number of surgeries you had previously
-the weight of the person
-The current health conditions
-life style

The general recovery time of the procedure should be 3/4 weeks and you getting back to sports within 6/7 months.

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OMG !!! some of you Surgeons are kidding me, Dr Xavier Tenorio and Dr Surendra Kumar Chawla are some prime examples...
I just had Full Tummy Tuck with Lipo 3 weeks ago and im telling you recovery time is no way 3 - 4 days.. when you look into what the procedure involves when going for a tummy tuck you will realise this is not some quick fix , quick recovery surgery,
My surgeon who is unbeliveable and is known as one of the Best if not Best Plastic and reconstructive surgeons on the Gold Coast has told me at least 6 - 8 weeks recovery before going back to normal daily life duties..
Also as for swelling its not a couple of days then swelling goes away, it takes like a week for the swelling to come out and swelling can last up to 3 to 4 months.
It is several months to a year before you start seeing the proper results of your tummy tuck.
I have weekly check ups with my surgeon for the first 6 weeks no matter what.
after that he will see me mothly .
Please understand people who are thinking about getting this done its a long recovery and you need to make sure that you have time on your hands.
Pain is tender and tight pulling feeling and you will feel discomfort for a least 2 weeks , im now going into my 4th week and pain is better ( unless i do too much ) still have tight pulling feeling and i have to constantly remind myself to stand straight, cause that feeling automatically makes your want to protect that area by slouching..
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AprilTTmom  |  Florida
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I'm 5 days post op from tummy tuck w lipo on hips lower back and am very swollen! Still walking a bit hunched over. Am I supposed to force myself straight?
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You are not supposed to force yourself straight after a tummy tuck. On contrary, you have to stay, walk and sit a bit flexed to prevent minor blood support to the streched skin.
With kind regards from Leonberg, Germany
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Dr. med. Eugen Höfter  |  Plastic surgery, Munich
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After abdominoplasty the recovery period is usually 3 to 6 weeks, until patients can start their normal actvities again. Also it is not uncommon, that a seroma can form. Hence you should minimize your activities in the first weeks to a minimum in order to help the healing process. Forcing yourself upright and straight would be a disadvantage in this respect. To keep it simple and straight: as long as you feel no pain, you can do these activities.

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Hello AprilTTmom, 5 days after liposuction normally the maximum swelling develops.This will persist for another week and then go down.It is important to wear a fitting garment during this period ,best (if there is a maximum swelling)24 hours a day.After this period you should wear this garment for another 4 weeks half a day.Normal moving in the actual period is helpful and will decrease the swelling.
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How long before you can drive after a mini tummy-tuck and liposuction? I would be grateful for any of your experiences on this, and medical guidelines. Thank you
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There are no exact medical guidelines. After some days you will be able to drive after a tummy-tuck (abdominoplasty). After a liposuction it will be the following day. Your body will help you to decide, when it will be the right time.
With kind regards from Stuttgart
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Abdominoplasty is performed as a day case surgery, and with a tight corset, you can go back to work after 48 hours. Stop being lazy!
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Jule from 2013-04-21

I perform abdominoplasty and liposuction since 1985.
You get discharched from the hospital next day after surgery. From medical side you can drive back home yourself but of course it is more comfortable to get picked up.

If you do office work you can do this already after 3 days. You shall not perform physical work for approx. 3 weeks after abdominoplasty.

Best regards,

Dr. med. Paul J. Edelmann.
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Hello Jule,after a mini tummy tuck combined with a liposuction you should be able to drive by yourself after 4-6 days wearing a good fitting compression garment.
Regards
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nelsonbribiesca  |  Kerala
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My friend took three weeks following Tummy tuck. She could walk after a wee and got back to light activities after two weeks.
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nelsonbribiesca 2013-04-22

"... She could walk after a wee and got back to light activities ..."
That means she was in bed for a whole week??? Shame!
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Sreekar Harinatha  |  Plastic surgery, Bangalore
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You can return to your full normal activity including exercise after 3 weeks.
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I'm scheduled to have a tummy tuck early next month. I found out today that I have a torn rotator cuff and will need surgery to repair it. How long should I wait from my tummy surgery to schedule the surgery for my shoulder? Which of my doctors should I discuss this with? (I am off work in June and July--will it be possible to take care of both of these procedures before I return to work?)
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Thank you for the response. I contacted my plastic surgeon and my orthopedic surgeon and they have my procedures noted and scheduled. This was a surprise (to some extent) and tricky for me to deal with. I decided to leave the abdominoplasty as scheduled since the insurance companies have deemed it as a medical necessity in my case. I did not want to re-open the door with them, because in my experience, they are difficult to deal with on a good day.
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