A toned and trim abdomen is one physical characteristic that many patients seek to achieve. Unfortunately, the abdomen is also one region of the body that can be especially resistant to diet and exercise, creating frustration for those striving for their ideal shape. The good news is that a tummy tuck is a safe and effective procedure for removing excess skin and creating the more beautiful, sculpted body you desire. If you are considering this procedure, you may be seeking greater clarity on what to expect, for example, whether or not you will have drains with your tummy tuck. To help clear up any confusion, here is what you need to know:
Drainage Tubes are a Possibility
After your tummy tuck procedure, there are several necessary steps to ensuring the smoothest, safest and fastest recovery possible. Although all patients will be required to wear a compression garment to support the body and minimize swelling, you may also need drains. These tubes are inserted beneath the skin, to help remove accumulated fluid from the incision sites. In most cases, drains are removed within one to two weeks of surgery.
Recovery is a Process
As with any procedure, recovery time will vary depending on the individual. However, in most cases, our patients are safe to return to work after two to three weeks. During these initial weeks, the body may experience muscle tightening and discomfort. However, we will provide you will any necessary medications before your procedure, so you are well equipped to manage your post-surgical experience. Returning to work is a major accomplishment, and not long after, most regular activities can be resumed. For example, many of our patients are able to return to their exercise routine after six to eight weeks. Keep in mind that your recovery process will be unique to you, and should you have any questions during the time, we are more than happy to help.
Ready to Learn More?
At Body By Leverett, we strive to provide only the highest quality care to our patients, so that they achieve the results they deserve. We understand that electing to undergo a tummy tuck is no small choice. So if you have additional questions, we recommend scheduling a consultation. Our office is convenient for residents of Phoenix, Chandler and the surrounding Arizona communities. Simply contact us today to get started.