Dr McHugh uses advanced techniques to foster faster recovery in all his patients. Directly after surgery, you'll be taken to a recovery area. Dressings may be applied to your abdomen and covered with a compression garment.

To promote blood circulation, you will be encouraged to get up and move around soon after surgery. Bending and lifting, however, should be avoided at this stage. Sleeping on your back with your knees up may also be recommended for the first few weeks after surgery.

Though everyone heals at a different pace, your recovery will roughly follow this general time line:

Within the first 7-10 days

- Swelling and bruising will reach their peak
- Stitches may be removed

After several weeks

- Activity and exercise will gradually increase

- Non-strenuous work will resume
- Bruising and swelling will continue to subside
- Your results will begin to emerge

After a few months

- Your final results will begin to appear
- Tightness will disappear
- Sensation may slowly improve
- Your incision line may begin to fade

What should I expect during my recovery?