When Does The Tummy Become Flat After Tummy Tuck?
Immediately after tummy tuck Seattle surgery, patients are likely to see a difference in the look and projection of their abdomen. However, it may not resemble the flat tummy they expected. Over the following few days, they may grow concerned when the tummy does not flatten and maybe even appears more protruded than after surgery. Reassuring patients that the tummy takes time to heal can help, but also frustrate them because there is nothing to do but wait. When does the tummy become flat after tummy tuck?
The amount of time it takes for the abdomen to heal and the final results come in varies from patient to patient. Typically, within three to four months, patients should have little visible swelling left. Yet, it can take a full year for their final results to totally come in. Swelling is often the main culprit of why the tummy may not look flat during recovery. As this resolves, the tummy will begin to show it’s new shape.
Additionally, the skin, muscles, and fat of the abdomen were all repaired or altered during the procedure. These structures need time to heal and settle into their new positions. This causes inflammation, swelling, and other temporary side effects that can contribute to the look of the stomach. Ultrasound massages can help resolve swelling and fluid build up. Generally, patients should see their flat tummy emerge within three to six months, though it may take as long as a year.
Depending on your starting anatomy, a truly flat stomach may not be possible. However, Dr. Sajan will discuss this with you before surgery and it is fairly rare. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at 206-209-0988. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.