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What to Expect

After your procedure is completed, we will wrap your abdomen with a snug bandage. This may feel increasingly tight during the night because of swelling, but we will loosen it the next day. We will teach you how to care for your incision and drain. Usually you will remain wrapped for 48-72 hours, after which we will remove the wrap. On the third day you will be able to remove all bandages and take a shower. It is important to wear the compressive garment for at least four weeks.

Your abdominoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis, so be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. Following our instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, you should call Dr. Alexander immediately.

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Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The improved shape of the abdomen will be visible immediately, but final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

Sutures are removed beginning at 3-4 days and finally at 10-14 days. Removable sutures are used to minimize scarring. Absorbable sutures can increase inflammation and increase scarring. Incision lines are permanent, but will continue to fade over time. Regular activity can be resumed at 10-14 days. Light exercise can begin at 3 weeks. Heavy exercise and activity should be postponed for 4-6 weeks.

The results of your tummy tuck will be long lasting. You will find it easier to wear certain styles of clothing and swim suits. Like most women who have had a tummy tuck, you may also have a boost in self-confidence. You’ll be able to retain your new look longer if you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.

Special note: If you are planning to become pregnant, discuss this with Dr. Alexander. Changes that occur in the abdomen during pregnancy can reverse the improvement a tummy tuck provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed.

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