Tummy Tuck Recovery: What To Expect

Dr. Denis Gonyon Serves Fort Collins, Johnstown, Loveland, Longmont and Nearby Areas of Northern Colorado


If you are seriously considering a tummy tuck, you probably want to know what recovery is like and how soon you'll be able to see results. Tummy tuck surgery can provide incredible, dramatic results, but you will need to be prepared to take a week or so off of work. In addition, don't expect to see your final results immediately after surgery - you will have some swelling at first. Rest assured, though, that after the swelling has gone down you will see an amazing change in your body shape.You can usually go back to work one week after tummy tuck surgery

Dr. Denis Gonyon has years of experience performing tummy tucks with beautiful results. Part of the reason his results are so good is that he takes the time to fully assess each patient and recommend an individualized plan to help you achieve your goals. If your results would be better after losing some weight, Dr. Gonyon may recommend a diet and exercise plan for you to help you achieve a target weight before your surgery.

Careful planning both before and after surgery is necessary for the best results. Call Dr. Gonyon today at 970-624-7979 to schedule your consultation and start your journey.

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Recovery Take?

Immediately after a tummy tuck, you will have limited mobility and will likely need some help around the house and with childcare. You will not be bedridden, though. We encourage tummy tuck patients to get up and walk around as soon as possible, to promote good blood flow and health. We prescribe prescription medications to help with any possible pain or discomfort, and most patients find that their recovery is very tolerable - even easier than they had expected.

If you work a desk job, you should be able to return to work after just a week. If your job requires physical labor, you may need to take two or three weeks off, depending on how strenuous your job is. Dr. Gonyon will let you know how much time you should take off.

Each individual patient is different, but a general tummy tuck recovery timeline goes something like this:

  • Week 1: You should take it easy and rest at home. Walk around as much as you can, but avoid lifting anything heavy or performing strenuous activities.
  • Week 2: Your swelling should be starting to go down, and you can return to work if your job is not labor-intensive.
  • Week 3: Swelling will continue to dissipate, but you should continue to take it fairly easy on physical activities.
  • Week 4: You can start to resume exercises that don't place too much strain on your abdominal muscles.

If you want to resume heavy exercise such as weight lifting, check with Dr. Gonyon first to make sure you are cleared for it. Abdominal exercises should probably be avoided for around two months.

Residual swelling may last for 3 to 6 months, but you'll probably be ready to show off your flat stomach much sooner than that. A tummy tuck can provide incredibly dramatic results, and these results can last a lifetime with proper diet and exercise.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today

If you are ready to take the first step on your journey to regain confidence in your body, call Dr. Gonyon today at 970-624-7979 to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Fort Collins, Johnstown, Loveland, Longmont and other nearby areas of northern Colorado.