Recovering From A Tummy Tuck – What To Expect

by | May 25, 2020 | Body, Body Contouring, Plastic Surgery

If you went through a pregnancy, show symptoms of conditions such as lordosis or ventral hernia, or you want to get rid of excess pockets of fat and loose skin, then a tummy tuck is the right answer for you! Clinically referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck procedure will render your stomach area firmer, your abdominal muscles tighter, and will restore the contour of your abdominal area. Before considering a tummy tuck for your abdominal issues, it is important to remember that this is a surgical procedure requiring down-time for those who undergo it, and the recovery might differ from patient to patient.

Are you considering a tummy tuck, but want to learn more about the recovery process? Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, we take pride in our well-established expertise concerning tummy tuck procedures. Schedule your free consultation today to learn more about recovering from a tummy tuck procedure!

Tummy tuck is a VIPS top surgical procedure!

Recovery is a different process for every patient

When it comes to a surgical procedure, we want to make sure that only the best, longest-lasting results will be delivered! During the free consultation, Dr. Vinyard will review different factors, such as the type of tummy tuck best suited for the patient, the age of the recipient, the patient’s general health and body weight, and the patient’s medical record. By doing this, he will not only assess how the procedure – but also the recovery process – will take place to ensure that the entire procedure will be a success!


Create a narrower waist and flatter abdomen!

How long will the recovery process be?

The key to a successful recovery process is to take things slowly and to be gentle with yourself, without rushing your recovery. The patient will have to keep in mind that surgical procedures usually require down-time for a full-recovery process. This is why listening to Dr. Vinyard’s recommendations is crucial to ensure a successful recovery process.

The recovery process can take up to five weeks, while the medical community recommends a minimum of at least two weeks of rest before patients return to their normal activities. During the recovery process, patients should avoid activities that involve lifting heavy objects, long hours exercising, or physically-demanding work. Likewise, patients should avoid tobacco and alcohol-based products for a period of up to three months, since these substances can hinder the recovery process.

Trying to return to your day-to-day routine after surgery is understandable, since tummy tuck technically is an ambulatory procedure, meaning the doctor can choose to discharge the patient after spending a few hours in the recovery room. Patients need to understand that plenty of rest is needed to recover from this procedure. The patient’s energy levels will return to normal in a couple of weeks, as long as he or she follows the doctor’s recommendations strictly. At the same time, patients can ask for additional pain medication, if needed.

Dr. Vinyard’s recommendation will help you find a fast recovery.

Plenty of rest is essential for ensuring a fast, complete recovery. Nevertheless, patients can speed the process along by following a set of simple recommendations, ideal for helping the patient regain their strength:

Mommy Makeover

Improve the shape of your tummy area!

#1: Follow a strict and healthy diet.

Surgical procedures consume a lot of our energy, so it’s extremely important to follow a healthy diet based on protein-rich foods, such as chicken and salmon, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, patients should add healthy fat for quick skin recovery, and plenty of fiber to avoid uncomfortable conditions such as infrequent bowel movement.

#2: Drink water frequently.

A healthy diet must include water to be effective. Keeping your body hydrated throughout the day is the best way to prevent dehydration and support your recovery. Keep in mind that the patient must avoid alcohol and other alcohol-based beverages throughout the recovery process.

#3: Pick a comfortable sleeping position.

Dr. Vinyard always recommends that his patients sleep in an inclined position with their knees bent at an angle for the first few days after surgery. Following this sleeping pattern will reduce pressure on the abdominal area, swelling, and general discomfort. Use a lot of pillows to maintain this sleeping position throughout the night. You may also use a girdle or binder during the night to reduce swelling.

#4: Get into a walking habit.

 For the body to return to its normal energy levels, Dr. Vinyard recommends daily 20 to 30-minute walks to improve circulation and avoid blood clots in your legs.


Recovering from a tummy tuck surgical procedure can be a fast and pleasant process for those who are ready to follow Dr. Vinyard’s recommendations. In just a few weeks, you will enjoy your stunning results and will be full of energy once again! For more information, don’t forget to book your free consultation today!

More Articles

In the world of neck and chin rejuvenation, no treatments are created equal, and our VIPS mission is to choose the superior, most effective approach for our patients. With FACEtite, you can obtain the desired aesthetic results without unnecessary treatment sessions or discomforts. Ready to enjoy your own VIPS FACEtite experience? Contact us and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard today!


What to Expect after a Tummy Tuck: Recovery and Results

What to Expect after a Tummy Tuck: Recovery and Results

According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected under the skin. They address wrinkles, fine lines, and creases by smoothing them out, softening them, and enhancing the contour of the face. Men and women often choose this treatment as a cost-effective way to achieve a younger look without surgery or extended recovery.

How to Maintain Mommy Makeover Results: Tips from the Makeover Masters

How to Maintain Mommy Makeover Results: Tips from the Makeover Masters

Are you one of the many women who have undergone a mommy makeover? If so, congratulations! You’ve made an excellent decision that will help you regain your confidence and youthful body! But what’s the best way to maintain your results? It is important to remember that what happens after the surgery is just as important as the surgery itself. That’s why the Makeover Masters from Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS), led by Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, will share their tried-and-true tips on maintaining your mommy makeover results for years to come!