How Long After a Tummy Tuck Can I Lay Flat on My Stomach?
Want to reshape your tummy and achieve a more toned abdomen? A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the underlying muscles. But after undergoing body contouring, you may wonder when it's safe to return to lying flat on your stomach. The answer is not always straightforward.
If you have questions about abdominoplasty, triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin can provide personalized guidance. Read on to learn more about when it's safe to lay down on your stomach after tummy tuck recovery at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates. Our Oklahoma City, OK practice serves patients from across the region.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
During a tummy tuck, a surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen while the patient is under general anesthesia. The muscles are then tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed. Liposuction may be combined with body contouring for better contouring results.
There are different kinds of tummy tucks, and the procedure varies depending on your unique anatomy and desired outcome. A mini tuck involves a smaller incision, while a full or traditional tuck addresses more extensive concerns.
What is tummy tuck recovery like?
Recovery after a tummy tuck can take between 2 – 6 weeks, based on your procedure. During this time, follow all post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin in Oklahoma City, OK. This includes wearing a compression garment, taking medication as prescribed, and avoiding strenuous exercise.
Body contouring patients may feel tightness and soreness in the abdominal area, which is normal. Swelling and bruising are also common, but these should subside within a few weeks. We can offer practical tips for managing discomfort, such as:
- Keeping your head elevated while resting to reduce swelling
- Walking around periodically to improve circulation and prevent blood clots
- Asking a friend or family member to assist with household tasks and childcare
When can I lay flat on my stomach?
It's important to avoid putting pressure on the incision site. For this reason, laying down on your stomach may not be recommended for several weeks. Patients can generally expect to resume normal activities and sleep in whatever position they are comfortable in about six weeks after surgery.
Of course, we recommend listening to your body and taking things slow. If you feel any pain, do not lay on your stomach until you feel ready. Everyone heals differently, so don't be discouraged if it takes longer for you to feel comfortable in this position.
What happens during a follow-up appointment?
After a tummy tuck, patients are typically scheduled for follow-up appointments with their surgeon. These usually occur within the first week after surgery and then at regular intervals throughout tummy tuck recovery. During these sessions, Dr. Nuveen or Dr. Caplin will assess your healing progress, remove any drains or stitches, and answer any questions. Rest assured that our goal is to help you achieve the best possible results.
Remove excess skin with a tummy tuck
Are you ready to see dramatic changes in your midsection? Body contouring can improve your abdomen by getting rid of stubborn fat and excess skin. Contact Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, OK today to schedule a consultation with our team. Triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals without worry.