I had a full tummy tuck going on three weeks ago now. I don’t think I fully understood the extent of the recovery. I still feel incredibly worn out and tired, I can’t stand up straight, I’m swollen and my skin is stretched and tight and uncomfortable. When will I feel like myself again?
Three weeks after an abdominoplasty is usually when patients want to know how much longer they’ll feel any surgical after effects. Each week after this procedure daily activities become easier. The first week involves getting over the anesthesia and caring for the surgical drains. The second revolves around getting back on your feet more and beginning to stand up straighter. Starting in the third week most people don’t know how much they can do, without over doing it. Therefore people tend to do a little too much, get a reminder from their bodies like soreness or fatigue, then need to rest a little until they’re ready to go on, Sometimes this is described as taking two steps forward, then one step back during the early recovery phases.
By four or five weeks most people are back in the swing of things and stop wearing their compressive garment by six weeks. The feeling over the lower abdomen slowly returns by six months and the scar continues to mature for nine months before beginning to fade.