Abdominoplasty removes excess abdominal skin while simultaneously tightening the abdominal muscles. Patients can anticipate limited physical activity for ten to fourteen days following surgery. I typically tell my patients bathroom and kitchen privileges initially with slow resumption of normal activity over the next two weeks. Patients can usually return to work in two weeks if no strenuous activity or heavy lifting is involved. After seven to eight weeks, patients can resume all their normal activities including heavy lifting.
The vast majority of abdominoplasty patients have resumed their normal activities within three months of surgery, but the wound healing process continues for up to a year following this procedure. These symptoms usually disappear with the passage of time. During this period patients occasionally note swelling, pulling, numbness and tightness.
It’s important to discuss these problems with your surgeon. Your surgeon should be able to help you address these concerns and alleviate your anxiety.