During the first few weeks of tummy tuck recovery, it’s normal to experience sensations such as tightness, tingling or mild discomfort. However, know that these side effects are only temporary and should continue to improve as your body heals.
In the meantime, it can be reassuring to understand what’s causing feelings of tightness after a tummy tuck and what you can do to help speed up your recovery.
What Causes Tightness after a Tummy Tuck?
During your tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Mariotti will create an incision across the lower portion of your abdomen so that excess skin can be removed and tightened. This is what creates the smooth, toned appearance once you’ve healed from your tummy tuck.
As your body adjusts, the newly positioned skin and muscle tissue can feel tight or even hard during the healing process. Additionally, nerves that were cut with the incision will take some time to re-establish their connections, which can cause temporary tingling or itching sensations.
How Long Does Tightness after a Tummy Tuck Last?
Tummy tuck tightness should begin to improve within a few weeks after your procedure. Plan to take around two weeks off work and six weeks off intense exercise to heal after a tummy tuck. For some people, it can take 6 to 12 weeks for all tightness and other related sensations to diminish.
How to Speed Up Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
Some of the things you can do to optimize and speed up your tummy tuck recovery include:
- Choosing a drainless tummy tuck procedure
- Closely following your plastic surgeon’s recovery guidelines, such as wearing a compression garment
- Don’t push yourself to do too much too soon
- Arrange for help taking care of household chores and caring for children and pets
Still not sure what to expect after your tummy tuck? Call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 or get in touch online to discuss the specifics of your procedure with Dr. Mariotti during your consultation.