Learn what to expect after your upcoming tummy tuck procedure
Modern technology and medical techniques have given us access to a wide range of body shaping procedures, including the type of procedure commonly known as “tummy tuck” surgery. However, even the minimally invasive surgical procedures that we offer at the Austin Plastic Surgery Center can result in some post-surgical discomfort that takes time to fade away. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions posed by our surgical candidates.
How Severe Is the Pain After a Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Although pain can be subjective, most patients experience some skin numbness and pain for some time after their surgical procedure. For patients who aren’t used to skin and muscle pain, the discomfort associated with these sensations can be significant. It’s a good idea to record how you’re feeling at regular intervals to track your recovery and document the lessening severity of the pain.
Where Is It Centered?
For this procedure, post-surgical pain is typically felt around the area of the incision and the surrounding tissues. It may extend to the lower reaches of your chest and the lower region of your abdomen.
What Does It Feel Like?
The pain from a tummy tuck surgery is typically characterized by soreness with intervals of sharper pain. Many people describe the sensation as being similar to pain caused by muscular injuries or overuse.
Are There Activities That Make the Discomfort Worse?
Unfortunately, there are some activities that can temporarily exacerbate the pain associated with this type of procedure. These include standing and stretching, turning the abdomen from side to side, urinating and brisk exercise.
How Long Can I Expect Post-Surgical Discomfort to Last?
In most cases, severe post-surgical pain dissipates after two to three weeks. At this point, you should be able to return to a normal routine. However, some discomfort may remain for six to eight weeks after the procedure.
What Can I Do for the Pain?
After your surgery, you’ll have the option to take certain pain medications that work well for post-surgical discomfort. While many of our patients are reluctant to take pain medication regularly, we recommend that you use the medication as directed during periods of heightened discomfort. Don’t wait until the pain worsens in severity.
Austin Plastic Surgery Center: Your Source for Body Shaping and Tummy Tuck Surgery in Austin
At the Austin Plastic Surgery Center, we’re proud to offer a range of options for those who want to enhance their appearance and live fuller, happier lives. Some of our proudest patients take advantage of our formidable experience in various body shaping procedures, including tummy tuck surgery. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals, give us a call at (512) 345-3223 or contact us online for a no-obligation consultation.