How is Recovery with Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift?

How is Recovery with Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift?

Following a significant weight loss might result in sagging in the breast and around your abdominal area when fat is eliminated. If you feel this, a breast lift and a tummy tuck can be the suitable operation for you.

Recovery is a critical step in your recovery journey, so getting all the information you can about how this process will affect your body is essential. We are here to tell you about tummy tucks and breast lift recovery.

What are the factors that change the shape of breasts? 

Your breasts’ form is affected by a variety of factors, including:

  • Weight: Because a significant portion of your breast tissue and density is made up of fat, changes in your weight may affect the form of your breasts.
  • Age: As you age, your breasts will naturally sag; thus, with time, they may stretch and turn downward.
  • Breastfeeding and pregnancy: Your breasts may expand, and the distribution of fat and tissue within your breasts may shift due to the hormones you produce during pregnancy and when nursing.

When should you consider a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a technique that aims to tighten up the abdominal muscles and create a flatter stomach. This operation corrects loose skin, fat, and weakened abdominal muscles in pregnant patients undergoing severe weight loss.

You must first understand that tummy tuck is not a weight loss regimen. A tummy tuck may be only necessary if weight loss has left loose skin and fat deposits behind. Following are some of the reasons for choosing to have a tummy tuck:

  • Removing excess skin: The skin may become less elastic due to pregnancy or weight changes. No amount of exercise will make the abdomen skin bounce again after it has been stretched out. The abdominal area can be tight, toned, and faultless after a tummy tuck operation can remove minor to severe cases of loose skin.
  • Tighten loose muscles: People may think about getting a tummy tuck when the underlying abdominal muscles are torn or strained. Some people prefer a belly tuck to treat this problem since weak or damaged abdominal muscles won’t strengthen themselves.
  • Liposuction with abdominal surgery: The combination of liposuction and a belly tuck may provide remarkable results for individuals battling with extra, loose skin and excess body fat around their stomach area, whether they are men or women. While the tummy tuck aspect of the procedure can tighten loose skin to provide a sleek look, liposuction can eliminate extra fatty deposits and further shape the abdominal area.

What is the procedure and recovery for breast lift and tummy tuck?

Breast Lift Procedure and Recovery

A breast lift procedure in New York City might take one to two hours to complete. The breast lift surgery will include reducing your breast size and raising them higher on your chest. This procedure is not performed in patients with severe obesity or if they have severe breast deformities or significant skin issues that affect their appearance or function.

Breast augmentation or the periareolar breast lift is usually performed under twilight or intravenous anesthesia. It allows you to wake up quickly, without any postoperative nausea, and to feel entirely rejuvenated within minutes after the breast lift procedure. The treatment can also be carried out while the patient is under local anesthetic and Pro-Nox (laughing gas), making it a proper lunchtime surgery that allows the patient to drive home or back to work.

You should avoid lifting anything heavy until 12 weeks after surgery; this includes carrying groceries from the car trunk into the house! It’s crucial not to exert too much effort during physical activity (such as running) before this point because it could lead to serious injury if done improperly.

Tummy Tuck Procedure and Recovery

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a technique that aims to tighten up the abdominal muscles and create a flatter stomach. The twilight combination anesthesia, commonly known as IV sedation mixed with superb local anesthetic in our facility, is used for all Dr. Grossman’s tummy tucks in NYC. It prevents frequent and harmful general anesthetic problems. A stomach tuck typically takes 2 to 3 hours to perform. Both postoperative nausea and postoperative discomfort are generally nonexistent. 

Following surgery, we encourage all our patients to begin walking immediately, and they all do so successfully to help reduce the pain. But it’s important to rest up for a few days following your procedure. If you can still work out, do so after discussing it with your doctor and physical therapist. They may recommend different exercises or equipment that are less strenuous on your body.

After a tummy tuck, you may experience discomfort as the swelling goes down and scars heal over time. You can expect soreness and tenderness after surgery and bruising around the surgical area for several weeks until it disappears completely. If you take pain medication before going home from surgery, take them at least one hour before bedtime, so they don’t interfere with sleep quality during recovery.

What to expect after a breast lift and tummy tuck surgery?

You can expect pain and discomfort, but you should be up and around in a few days. Each patient’s activity level is assessed and recommended following how they feel. 

Ice packs will help reduce swelling from the procedure and provide comfort for your soreness. You should avoid strenuous activity for two weeks following surgery so that healing can occur fully before starting your routine—this includes lifting weights and doing physical therapy exercises (if applicable).

You may experience some numbness while recovering from your tummy tuck surgery; this feeling typically disappears within 4-5 weeks post-surgery, which is normal. 


It is always a personal choice, and you should always consult with your doctor before making any decisions. When it comes to healing timeframes, there are no assurances. Still, if you follow our advice above, then you should be able to get on with life as usual after your surgery.

Contact Dr. Grossman to arrange a consultation and get the most skilled and reliable doctor in NYC for a tummy tuck or a breast lift!

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