It really depends on the person. Some people bounce back and others are less unfortunate. The swolleness from my operation took a good 12 weeks to heal. I had put on abit of weight so it took a good 9 months after that to get back to normal size. Pilates helped heaps. I wouldnt say my tummy is the same as it was, but its back to a reasonably 'flatness' but im happy with that. Just make sure you give it enough time to heal before getting into stronger excercises smile