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Frequently Asked Questions

Swelling is unavoidable after tummy tuck surgery, and the amount of swelling can vary from one patient to another based on many factors. the more it will swell. However, the most important way to minimize swelling is to restrict activity per Dr. Bancroft’s instructions. Swelling typically peaks between 48 to 72 hours after surgery, around the time of your post-op appointment, and slowly resolves over 8 to 12 weeks. Overuse will increase both the amount and duration of the swelling as well as the discomfort. Ice packs in the first few days after surgery can help control swelling as long as it’s through a towel, on top of the binder with no direct skin contact to prevent frostbite.

Swelling is unavoidable after surgery, and the amount of swelling can vary from one patient to another based on many factors. You will have at least two drains left in place for a couple days post surgery to reduce extra fluid accumulation and thus minimize some of the swelling. You will also be placed in a surgical binder. Both of the above will help lessen the swelling, but not completely prevent it. A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure and, again, swelling is a normal body reaction to being cut.

After your tummy tuck procedure you will be on a liquid diet for the first 24 hours. You will then have to pass gas before resuming a diet of normal foods. Always start with small amounts of bland food to make sure your stomach can handle it.