The tummy tuck is a commonly performed procedur, and Dr. Roberta Gartside has performed hundreds of tummy tucks during her career. You can have full confidence that Dr. Gartside will give you the safest possible procedure.

Still, a tummy tuck is a fairly extensive surgery, which means the recovery process can also be fairly extensive. The precise nature of that recovery is one of the most common abdominoplasty questions Dr. Gartside receives during a consultation.

Every patient is unique, and your body will respond to a tummy tuck in its own way. Still, most of our patients require two or three weeks off work after undergoing a tummy tuck.

You will experience some discomfort for a few days after your procedure. Dr. Gartside will prescribe painkillers so that you can control any discomfort you might experience.

You should do some light walking after a day or so of rest; this stimulates blood flow and quickens the recovery.

For several weeks after the procedure, you should refrain from strenuous physical activity, especially lifting heavy objects. By around the six-week mark, most patients are cleared to return to their normal activities.

Dr. Gartside will provide you with a more detailed timeline of what you can expect before you undergo your tummy tuck.

If you are interested in a tummy tuck, please contact New Image Plastic Surgery Associates using the form on the left side of the page or call 703-742-8004 today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Roberta Gartside serves patients in Washington DC and throughout the surrounding areas of Reston, Fairfax, and McLean, Virginia.

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