How Soon Can I Resume Normal Activity After a Tummy Tuck?

By: Dr. Nana Mizuguchi


Many people face unwanted loose skin around their abdomen. This can be solved with an abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi, a board-certified aesthetic and plastic surgeon, can help you to reach your desired appearance. Dr. Mizuguchi brings a great deal of experience to every procedure, and he can also perform the minimally invasive drainless technique of the tummy tuck. Schedule a consultation with Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you.

What is a tummy tuck?

Your appointment will always start with a consultation with Dr. Mizuguchi so you can discuss any concerns and decide which approach may be best for your desires. There are three types of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures, and each one is directed at a different area of the abdomen. During the consultation, Dr. Mizuguchi will talk through the different procedures and help you decide which is the best option for you. The three types of tummy tucks include:

  • Full: Affects the loose skin on the upper and lower abdominal areas

  • Mini: Affects the area below the belly button

  • Extended: Affects the whole abdominal area, and your hips and upper thighs

Each type is unique and fits different needs. You can also get other surgeries along with your tummy tuck. The most commonly added procedure is a thigh lift or liposuction. The entire procedure is normally performed at an outpatient surgical facility and usually takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete, but this can vary depending on your individual surgical case.

What happens after my tummy tuck procedure?

After your procedure, you will be given a compression garment and sent home to rest and recover. This surgery does require a slower approach to recovery, but you can reduce downtime if you choose the drainless option performed by Dr. Mizuguchi. You can also expect some scarring, but Dr. Mizuguchi is skilled in placing them in discrete locations. Many patients report that their abdominal appearance after the surgery outweighs the scarring that may remain. It is important to follow any instructions given to you after your procedure. If you think a tummy tuck may be right for you, contact Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY today.

What is the recovery period like after a tummy tuck?

The recovery period is different for everyone and can change depending on what specific type of abdominoplasty you decide to get. The most important thing to remember is that you can always consult with Dr. Mizuguchi if you are unsure about your recovery timetable. After around four weeks, less strenuous activities can start to be incorporated back into your routine. More demanding activities can be introduced back into your daily activities, usually within 6 – 10 weeks. However, you should always consult with your physician before doing anything you are unsure about.

Where can I get a tummy tuck in Louisville, KY?

An abdominoplasty can help to tighten and tone your stomach and lower abdominal area. Dr. Nana Mizuguchi may be able to help shape your body into the one you desire. We can help you completely understand the process and the recovery period during your consultation and procedure appointments. Contact Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery in Louisville, KY for a full consultation on your tummy tuck desires.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.