Post-operative recovery

Recovery can take from 1 to 4 weeks and you will be advised to take at least 2 weeks off from work.

During this time you will be strongly advised to avoid any heavy physical activity such as weight lifting or exercise. A supportive abdominal compression garment should be worn for four weeks.

Your first post-operative visit will take place within the first 7 days when the surgeon will check the wounds and remove dressings, stitches or clips used during the surgery.

This surgical procedure will result in a scar, but given time, which can take up to one year, the abdoninoplasty scar should soften and fade. However if scarring becomes a concern then Mesotherapy, Medical Microneedling or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy could help refine the appearance of the skin.


Although our SFMedica surgeons will take all precautions to avoid or minimise post-op problems, some of the risks involved following a tummy tuck surgery include

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unsightly scar
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Persistent swelling in the legs or DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Nerve damage
  • Possibility of revision surgery
  • Keloid (heavy scar) – increased risk in patients of Afro Caribbean origin.


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