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How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?

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How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck?

If you have sagging abdominal skin due to weight loss, pregnancy, or other causes, it can make you feel self-conscious and reluctant to let anyone see your stomach. A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal skin and underlying muscles. You can remove sagging skin and accumulated fat to see the slimmer, youthful abdomen underneath.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

If your abdominal skin becomes significantly stretched, you may be left with sagging skin and accumulations of fat. No amount of exercise or weight loss will tighten loose skin, but a tummy tuck can. This procedure removes extra skin, and repairs loosened abdominal muscles for a toned, flatter stomach. A tummy tuck forms a vital part of a mommy makeover, a combination of procedures that helps restore a pre-pregnancy figure. 

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How Does a Tummy Tuck Work? 

Dr. Tenley Lawton performs a full and a mini tummy tuck. During your consultation, she will assess which one you need based on your treatment goals and how much loose skin you have. She makes the incision for all tummy tucks in a natural crease below the bikini line, but a mini tummy tuck has a much smaller incision. Each tummy tuck is a customized procedure focused on your unique needs. 

How Long is Recovery From a Tummy Tuck? 

You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few days after surgery. During the first week, you will have tightness and soreness in your abdomen that will limit your ability to move around. You will return home with surgical drains to remove fluid, which will be removed after five to ten days. 

With Dr. Lawton’s approval, you may be able to return to work within one to two weeks. You might have to wait a few more weeks if your job requires physical activity. You can gradually add more physical activity to your routine, but you will need six to eight weeks to recover completely. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost?

The price of a tummy tuck will vary widely depending on several factors:

  • Your location
  • Your provider’s skill and experience
  • The type of procedure 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons lists the average tummy tuck cost as $6154. You will also need to consider associated costs like anesthesia, surgical garments, and medications. A consultation will offer you the most accurate estimate and information about financing. 

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Good candidates for a tummy tuck are in good health and have reasonable expectations. While a tummy tuck will remove some fat, it is intended to address loose skin and muscles. Ideal candidates have committed to a healthy lifestyle to maintain their results.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about tummy tucks? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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