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.