Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

January 2016 – By Dr. Tad Grenga, Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery  |

Maybe you’ve had a tummy tuck. Or, you are considering having an abdominoplasty, one of the most popular cosmetic surgical operations according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Then you should know what to do AFTER your operation in order to get the best result. This list of tummy tuck recovery tips is derived from over 28 years of cosmetic surgery practice and innumerable occasions of feedback from my patients in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, Hampton Roads, and Northeastern NC.

To prepare for your recovery, make sure that you do several things BEFORE the tummy tuck operation occurs. Aly Walansky, a lifestyles and beauty expert, writing in the Smart Beauty Guide for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, advises 9 Tips For Your Recovery. I’ve paraphrased some of the tummy tuck recovery tips here and added some of my own.

• Eat healthily and stay well hydrated

• Perform conditioning exercises

• Use agents to prevent post-operative constipation

• Completely avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other “blood thinners” for two weeks prior to surgery

• Quit smoking and/or the use of ANY kind of tobacco product at least 4 weeks prior to the surgery date

• Plan to allow sufficient time for recovery so that you don’t rush back to work

• Lather up! Plastic surgeons in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and throughout Hampton Roads will recommend the preferred antibacterial body wash to bathe with prior to your operation

After surgery, there are several very important things to do so that you can have an active role in lowering your risk for complications. Among these tummy tuck recovery tips are the following:

• Mobilize: plan to get up and walk, even short distances, frequently as this will help to lower your risk of blood clots or pneumonia

• Stay well hydrated and use a gentle laxative if you are advised to do so

• Pay attention to your body– if your temperature rises, or you think that something is wrong with your incision, be sure to let your plastic surgeon know without hesitation.

• Delegate chores and, for mothers of young ones, child care duties. Recovery from tummy tuck surgery is a time to concentrate on your needs at least until you become more self-sufficient

• Anticipate some pain which is a natural defense for the body to prevent over-doing it.


If you are considering a tummy tuck or other cosmetic surgery, we encourage you to contact Dr. Tad Grenga at (757) 673-5900 or by clicking here.   As one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, Hampton Roads, and Northeastern NC, Dr. Grenga offers his patients a diverse selection of plastic surgery options for enhancing your figure and rejuvenating your appearance.