Tissue bruising and swelling are a normal part of plastic surgery. During abdominoplasty surgery, many tissues are altered, so you should expect some degree of these. Happily, there are ways to ease these side effects during the tummy tuck recovery process.

Ice packs are recommended for use on affected areas to reduce the tissue swelling. After one month of tummy tuck recovery, the swelling and bruising should be mostly healed. For the swelling to completely subside, it may take several months.

Once the abdomen is completely healed and back to normal, you’ll be able to show off your new six-pack abs! Get more information about the tummy tuck recovery process from skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. R. Lee Steely. Set up an appointment by contacting our office.