Is Recovery after a Tummy Tuck Like Having a C-Section?

Pregnant woman wearing marled gray sweater touching her stomach.One of the biggest concerns clients have as they consider scheduling a procedure is what the recovery process will be like. It is common for them to try to find an experience that they can compare it to.

Many mothers will ask if what to expect from tummy tuck recovery is more or less like what they experienced with a c-section. The answer is a bit nuanced.

C-Sections Are More Invasive

C-sections are more invasive than the average tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck removes skin and fat, and in some cases, it can tighten the muscles. With a c-section, the abdominal wall is cut through, organs are pulled out, the uterus is cut into, and the baby is removed. This is significantly more invasive, and as a result, more painful.

Tummy Tucks Allow for Pain Medications

After a c-section, women are limited in the pain medications they can use since they can harm breastfeeding infants. After a tummy tuck, medications are not restricted in the same way. This means that it is easier to get relief during tummy tuck recovery.

You Will Still Need to Take it Easy

With both procedures, you will need to rest and recover afterward. You will be encouraged to move but keep it light — no real exercise and no heavy lifting. However, c-sections tend to have a longer recovery period. Tummy tuck recovery time generally sees clients back to normal activity in about six weeks, while with a c-section, this is usually when light exercise is resumed.

Of course, the best results come from the most experienced surgeons. Be sure to select the best one for your tummy tuck.

Dr. Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing tummy tucks for men and women in Denver in beyond. Contact us online or call us today at 720-336-4186 to schedule your one-on-one consultation.

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