After a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the first week which is normal and will be controlled with prescribed pain medication. You will have a  dressing over the incision. You should keep the dressing dry for at least 48 hours and avoid baths, hot tubs, or swimming for about 6 weeks.

After the procedure, you may be able to go home but sometimes it is recommended that you stay overnight. There will be 1 or 2 drains that will be removed when serous fluid drainage is minimal. These can stay anything from 3 days to weeks. You can go home with the drains and will be taught how to care for them.

There will be sutures along the incision line, which will dissolve on their own. During the first few days, you may not be able to stand up straight, but you should do some walking every day to get back to moving normally and try to move your legs and feet often.

During the recovery period, you might need to wear an abdominal binder to support your abdomen and prevent fluid build-up.

The recovery period will depend on a number of factors including your age, health, and body weight. Recovery is expected to take up to 6 weeks.

Avoid strenuous activities including heavy housework and exercise for at least 6 weeks and then take your time to build back up to your normal activities.