How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Tummy Tuck?

Q: Hi, I am in the military and am unable to make tape or weigh ins. I had two c-sections and my stomach looks like I am still pregnant. I am also having trouble passing my sit ups. I will not be able to be promoted until I am able to make at least tape and pass my fitness test. I have tried everything to lose the weight from my tummy but I haven’t had any luck. Not even basic training has helped slim my tummy. I am desperate to do something and I think a tummy tuck may be the only answer. How long does it take to recover from this procedure?

A: This is a tummy story that I have heard quite often in my Indianapolis plastic surgery practice. Women often come in for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) when they have exhausted all of the conventional options for trying to make it look better. Most women do view a tummy tuck as a last ditch effort.

When you have suffered the ravages of pregnancy, no amount of dieting or exercise will improve stretch out loose skin and muscles. The protruding floppy stomach is not just a ‘fat’ problem. It is tissues that have been irreversibly damaged. While I think it is prudent to get in the best shape as possible before undergoing a tummy tuck, those efforts will not repair the tissue damage which exists.

While a tummy tuck is a wonderful body shaping operation, it should be considered major surgery. With major surgery comes a significant recovery. While recovery can be defined different ways, complete recovery that would allow one to perform strenuous activities will take six weeks for most people.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana