The tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery choice in Houston, but many patients want to know what they’re in for in terms of recovery so the patients can plan accordingly to take time off from work and physical activities. Most patients really need two weeks to recovery from a tummy tuck. During this time, there may be post-operative pain to manage through medications as well as drains that must be removed once they finish their function. Though the patient may go back to work in about two weeks, s/he should avoid exercise until officially cleared by Dr. Eisemann. This usually occurs within about 3-4 weeks. Following surgery, the patient can expect to wear an abdominal compression garment.