Despite being an elective procedure, a tummy tuck is major surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations about what will happen during the recovery period, which can take several weeks before you are completely healed. Following your tummy tuck, you will need to carefully adhere to Dr. Fata’s aftercare instructions to ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Your incision will be covered with protective tape to assist healing, and you will have a drain for up to a week. Dr. Fata will provide you with a compression garment, which must be worn for several weeks to provide you with support while you heal and reduce swelling. Some residual swelling may last up to a few months. You may also experience some pain or discomfort. However, this can be easily managed with pain medication. It is important to take one week off work following your tummy tuck, since you will not be able to resume regular activities right away. Dr. Fata will give you detailed instructions regarding when you can resume light activities, a normal daily routine, and more strenuous exercise. Generally, it is best to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for about six weeks after your procedure. As you heal, you will see continued improvement. However, it may take as long as six months before your final tummy tuck results are apparent. Please contact Dr. Fata today to schedule your confidential consultation. Renaissance Plastic Surgery serves patients in Indianapolis, Indiana.