Tummy Tuck Surgery - Important Post-Op Tips

The tummy tuck procedure can completely transform your midsection and is an attractive option for those who have lost a lot of weight and want a tighter, defined waistline, or women who have had multiple pregnancies. Since this procedure is more extensive than liposuction of the abdomen, you need to follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions and know what red flags to look out for during the recovery process.


Here are some important post-op tips for your tummy tuck recovery:

Managing Pain

Your abdominal muscles will be repositioned and even tightened during a tummy tuck procedure. Most patients experience a lot of pain around the rectus muscle, but the surgeon can inject a numbing solution into this area. This will wear off by the time the body has a chance to heal itself, so you will feel little to no pain. You might experience some soreness and tenderness for a few weeks after your procedure, but you shouldn’t be in any pain.

Reducing Seroma

If you start to see small pockets of fluid developing on and around the treated area, you may have developed a seroma. Your surgeon can remove seromas at their office or clinic, but there are some ways to prevent them from developing in the first place. Your surgeon can place internal stitches between your fascia and the undersurface of the fat so fluid simply cannot collect there. Only some surgeons are skilled with this technique, so make sure you consult with several tummy tuck plastic surgery doctors with extensive experience performing tummy tuck procedures before making a final decision.

Managing Scars

Some surgeons recommend applying a topical steroid cream to scars during the post-op phase. All sutures must be completely closed before you can apply any type of cream or gel directly to the area. You will need to be very consistent with application but the scars will start to fade away in about four to six weeks.