Tenderness, pain and swelling are some common problems that you will have to deal with after an abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck. That apart, you should keep in mind that tummy tuck scars will get worse before getting better and hence you do not need to feel stressed due to this in your recovery phase.
The first two days after the surgery will not be very difficult, as the effect of the anesthetic will keep your brain and body numb. However, after that you may feel a little pain and swelling in the area and you should remember to take the pain medication prescribed to you on time. This will not only prevent you from taking an overdose later on when the pain becomes unbearable but also aid in faster healing. With time, the pain and swelling will subside in the tummy tuck recovery phase though it takes a little longer for the scarring caused by the surgery to fade away.
You should follow the postoperative instruction concerning the method and frequency of changing the dressing and the time-lapse after which you can shower very carefully. That apart, you should follow the instructions pertaining to the amount of movement that is safe for you to undertake during the period of tummy tuck recovery and contact your surgeon immediately if you notice bleeding from the incision. An elevated temperature may also be a cause of concern, as it indicates an infection in the operated area.
As for the tummy tuck scars, these usually look their worst after three months of the surgery and can take as long as a year to heal completely. You can quicken this process during tummy tuck recovery by staying out of the sun and using silicone sheeting and applying a scar fading formula that has been prescribed to you by your surgeon.