Abdominoplasty surgery is performed in our on-site outpatient facility under heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Standard abdominoplasty usually takes 2 to 5 hours, while mini-abdominoplasty takes 1 to 2 hours. You will need someone to drive you home after and help you out for a few days.
Initially, your abdomen will probably be swollen and feel sore. You will need to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks to minimize swelling and encourage a smooth, compact abdominal shape. Your surgeon will instruct you to walk around within the first few days to encourage blood flow and healing.
Your recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery and the condition you were in before the surgery; if you are physically fit, you are able to enjoy a faster recovery time. Some patients are able to return to light activity, including work, after about 2 weeks, while others might take 3 to 4 weeks.
Surgeons and staff of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery are here to support you after your abdominoplasty procedure.