How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?

If you have been pregnant or lost a significant amount of weight, you might find yourself unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen. No amount of diet or exercise can correct loose skin or separated abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can restore a flatter, slimmer abdomen you will feel more comfortable with. 

What is a Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty?

Many people would list their abdomen as the area they feel most uncomfortable with. A tummy tuck provides a smooth, sculpted abdominal area. Not everyone needs a traditional abdominoplasty to achieve the flat stomach they want. Dr. Rankin addresses abdominal concerns with a customized procedure based on your goals. A tummy tuck is an excellent option if you have significantly loose skin and separated abdominal muscles.

How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

A tummy tuck uses an incision made across the lower abdomen, and Dr. Rankin will conduct an assessment and determine the correct incision size to minimize scarring and maximize results. You can hide the scar easily with most undergarments and swimwear. 

Dr. Rankin will remove excess skin and fat to flatten and tighten the stomach. He will also repair the abdominal muscles that can become separated during pregnancy. 

How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?

You can expect to feel tired and sore for the first week after your abdominoplasty. Walking around and engaging in light activities will help you heal. After two weeks you will feel significantly better

Many people can return to work at this point. You can resume light cardio after two to four weeks and more rigorous activity after six weeks. Everyone heals differently, so listen to your body and avoid any activities that cause discomfort. You can expect to see results develop for six months or more as your body adjusts.

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What are the Benefits of a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck helps many patients feel more confident with a slimmer, more defined abdomen. After a few weeks of recovery, you can start enjoying the benefits of your tummy tuck. 

Stronger Core

Separated abdominal muscles can make your stomach look slack. They can also affect your core strength. When they are repaired, your core feels tighter and stronger. You may notice better posture and less back pain. 

Long-Lasting Results

The fat and skin removed by a tummy tuck will not grow back, so your results can last as long as you maintain a stable weight. Your skin can stretch again if you gain weight or become pregnant. 

Improved Confidence

Sagging skin and stretch marks can make you want to hide your stomach. After a tummy tuck, you may feel confident enough to wear anything you want. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck have no major health problems and reasonable expectations. Dr. Rankin will conduct an assessment to determine what type of procedure will give you the results you want. Candidates for abdominoplasty usually have loose abdominal skin and other related issues. 

Wonderful service and great results! Dr. Rankin is super nice and great at his job and the staff at Greenbrae surgery center were amazing! Overall 10/10 experience and would go back for any other surgeries in the future!

Next Steps

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, please reach out to our qualified staff to schedule your consultation with NorCal Plastic Surgery by calling our East Bay location at (925) 856-4800 or our North Bay location at 415-727-9666, or by filling out the consultation request form below. Helping you achieve your cosmetic goals is an honor and a privilege at NorCal Plastic Surgery. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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