Plastic surgery is a wonderful option for enhancing not just your outward appearance but your self-esteem as well. If you are considering having a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedure, it is important to understand what to expect.

As every patient is different, your recovery time will depend on various biological and lifestyle factors, such as your age, health, and BMI. How extensive your surgery is and what techniques were utilized will also play a role in determining healing time and required maintenance. Here, we provide a thorough overview of what you can expect regarding aftercare and recovery for a tummy tuck in Eugene. Please feel free to contact our skilled team of aesthetic experts and board-certified plastic surgeon with any additional questions.

Tummy Tuck Recovery Timeframe

During your initial consultation at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Daniel will take your entire medical history. After carefully reviewing this information and your aesthetic goals, he will provide you with a recovery timeline and thorough pre- and post-operative instructions.

Recovery time for a tummy tuck in Eugene typically involves a month of rest. During these initial four weeks, you may be advised to completely avoid exercise or vigorous movement. You may have to work from home, and it is often best to have help around the house. Your progress will be closely monitored at scheduled follow-up visits in our office, where you may be advised to continue to limit exercise and strenuous activity for an additional few weeks. Making the proper arrangements beforehand is essential in ensuring you are able to get the downtime your body needs to heal properly.

The tummy tuck procedure involves drains that will be inserted into your body to collect fluid. These drains will remain in place for a few days after the surgery. Dr. Daniel will demonstrate to you how to take care of and empty the drains and clean your incisions. He may also prescribe you an antibiotic and an anticoagulant. Additionally, for approximately six weeks, you will wear a special garment called an abdominal binder, which will prevent excess fluid buildup, reduce swelling, and provide support to your midsection for added comfort.

Aftercare Following an Abdominoplasty

Before being released to return home after your tummy tuck in Eugene, you will be provided with a detailed list of aftercare instructions. This includes:

  • How to avoid infections
  • Product recommendations for incision care and scar management
  • Exactly what types of physical activity you should avoid, and when you can resume them
  • Dietary and sleep requirements
  • Follow-up appointments

Make sure that a trusted person can drive you home from the clinic and help take care of you for the first few days after your procedure. After 48 hours, when you remove your drain tubes, you can shower – until then, you will be advised to take a sponge bath and avoid submerging your incisions in water.

You may be asked to avoid smoking and drinking for at least six weeks, especially if Dr. Daniel has prescribed any medications during the healing period.

Call Us to Discuss Aftercare and Recovery for a Tummy Tuck in Eugene

The aftercare and recovery for a tummy tuck in Eugene is manageable, and our caring team will ensure you are adequately prepared. Your primary goal is to focus on getting better every day as you get closer to full recovery and the revitalized sense of self-esteem your new body contours will provide. If you have any issues or concerns during your recovery, please reach out.

If you are hoping to get a tummy tuck, call us today to schedule a comprehensive consultation. Our premiere plastic surgeon is board-certified and well-versed in advanced surgical techniques. With decades of experience and carefully-honed expertise, we can help you achieve the body of your dreams.

Meet Dr. Lee B. Daniel

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Daniel is trusted by people who want a meticulous, deeply caring doctor.

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401