(Updated for 2019)
Recovering from tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, requires time and careful planning. Immediately after your abdominoplasty, you’ll be prescribed bed rest, and it may take several weeks for you to fully recover.
Laying out a plan before your procedure will ensure a speedy and safe healing period, especially if you follow these 3 tummy tuck recovery tips.
Tip 1: Gather Help, Food & Supplies
Since you will be unable to move around or leave your house after surgery for at least a few days, seek help from family or friends to stay with you and assist with watching your children or pets. Also, stock your refrigerator with plenty of juice or water (not carbonated beverages) and nutritious foods.
Staying hydrated and eating healthy will help prevent bloating and keep your digestion regulated. Also, make sure to stock up on other items to help with healing, like ice packs.
Including lymphatic massages into your tummy tuck recovery plan can help reduce swelling and ease discomfort.
Tip 2: Wear a Compression Garment
After your tummy tuck, your cosmetic surgeon will recommend using a compression garment that fits securely around your abdomen. This garment assists in helping the skin conform to your new contours as well as control swelling and help you feel supported and comfortable.
It’s recommended you purchase at least two of these garments so that you can wear one while the other is being washed.
Tip 3: Get Moving
Movement is a vital part of healthy recovery after any surgical procedure. While you will be very sore and swollen, it’s important that you move around to help prevent blood clot formation and reduce swelling. Don’t overdo it with your activity levels, but take small walks around your home during the first week.
You can increase your walking distance with each passing week. Movement and light exercise during your tummy tuck recovery period will help heal your body and mind.
Knowing what to do and what not to do during your tummy tuck recovery can help you achieve even better results.
Dr. Koehler and his team of knowledgeable staff can help you device a post-operative tummy tuck plan for optimal recovery and healing. Contact us online or call our office in Fairhope at (251) 929-4051 to schedule your one-one consultation.