Abdominoplasty Recovery Time

Much like Christmas presents, people want to show off their new bodies immediately after cosmetic surgery. This brings us to the issue of abdominoplasty recovery time.

Abdominoplasty Recovery Time

An abdominoplasty is a very common procedure in the field of plastic surgery. The procedure is popular because few, if any, of us can avoid a growing waist line as the years pass. Yes, we should be regularly exercising and dieting, but life has a way of getting in the way.

An abdominoplasty is designed to directly address the problem of the expanding waist. Although there are variations of the procedure, the essential idea is to remove excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen area. The surgery is very invasive in that large openings are made in the skin. The procedure takes place most often in a hospital and is performed under general anesthesia.

Abdominoplasty recovery time is a touchy subject for a very particular reason. By definition, the abdominoplasty is causing trauma to the abdominal area. This is, of course, the area of the body where you twist and bend, a fact that impacts recovery time more than most people expect.

In general, you can expect to be more or less incapacitated for up to two weeks. You will be home during this period, but expect soreness, lethargy and swelling to keep you in bed most of the time. After roughly two to four weeks, you should be able to return to work. After a month to six weeks, vigorous activity can usually be undertaken without restriction, but you should consult with your plastic surgeon regarding your specific situation.

As an aside, some people include scar healing as part of the determination of abdominoplasty recovery time. Your scar should heal fairly quickly, but it will take a much longer period of time before it smoothes out and fades. In this case, we are talking about three months of recovery time. In fact, it may take the scar up to two years to reach its final appearance.

Abdominoplasty recovery time is often a surprising subject for many patients. Your abdominal trunk is a key part of your body, so you just have to show patience.