Tummy Tucks and Swelling…How long will it last?

As Spring nears I have done several Tummy Tucks the past few weeks and one of the most common questions after surgery is how long the swelling will last. The answer is that some patients will have swelling for as few as 6 weeks but some will have some swelling for 3-6 months. Now, before you get too worried, understand that after these procedures, you will look significantly better immediately swollen or not. These operations produce very dramatic results for most patients and are very popular. The swelling is more of how the tummy feels as opposed to how things look. Patients will report feeling a bit bloated by the end of the day yet they still look flat. The swelling is a result of the tiny veins and lymphatic vessels that are divided as part of the operation. It takes those a while to grow back and until they do some swelling will result. The good thing is, in the end, it always goes away!

Lee Corbett, MD

www.CorbettCosmeticSurgery.com

 

What is the typical recovery after Plastic Surgery?

Recovery after Cosmetic Plastic Surgery varies  significantly, as you might imagine, but there are some general guidelines. In my Louisville Cosmetic Surgery practice, I tell my patients no exercise for two weeks to avoid post operative bleeding. For facial surgery, I ask that they sleep with their head elevated for the first 48 hours. With Breast and Body procedures, past the two week point, most restrictions involve strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, pushing, pulling. As a rule most patients are up and around the day after surgery and are capable of taking care of themselves after the first 48 to 72 hours. With more minor MediSpa procedures like Botox or fillers, there is no downtime.

Lee Corbett, MD

www.CorbettCosmeticSurgery.com