How to Navigate Tummy Tuck Recovery with Ease

Woman in swimsuit and sunglasses sunbathing near swimming pool with watermelon float.Tummy tuck surgeries are regularly performed all around the world. This procedure is beneficial and highly rewarding in that it can achieve results that endure for many years. That said, it can take a little time to get there. If you’re considering tummy tuck surgery to restore a tighter, curvier midsection, you may already know that your recovery will span a period of at least two weeks. Here, we discuss how that timeframe can go by with more ease.

Plan for Recovery Well in Advance

By the time your surgery day arrives, we want you to be as free from all obligations as possible. Your job for the next few weeks is to support your body as it heals. For this to occur with ease, you need to plan early. Depending on your situation, this may involve taking time off work and arranging for childcare or pet sitting.  You should have reliable transportation arranged as well as a backup, just in case. It is necessary to have a loved one with you for at least 24 to 48 hours post-op to help administer pain medication, empty drains (if applicable), and simply keep you company.

Commit to Rest

Abdominoplasty is a relatively complex procedure that involves tightening the abdominal muscles and excising excess fat and skin. This is a lot for the body! During the first week after this surgery, it may be easy to take it easy, read books, nap, and catch up on your favorite shows. However, boredom can develop so you must be prepared. As you start to feel better, remember that you must still adhere to the activity restrictions outlined in your care instructions. Too much too soon can mean a prolonged recovery.

Don’t be a Couch Potato

Ok, you may feel a little like a couch potato for a short time after your tummy tuck. We did just mention that you’ll probably be fatigued for about a week. That said, it is also necessary to move around throughout the day. If you can take at least three short walks around the house every day, that is ideal. Walking helps move the calf muscles and pump blood out of the legs, reducing the risk of blood clots.

Be Patient with Your Results

After your tummy tuck, you will quickly see a change in your shape. However, it may take several weeks for the full effect of surgery to emerge. Swelling and bruising obscure the outcome of surgery for a week or two. As these side effects resolve, the tummy will likely look and feel very tight. This is why it is necessary to hold a stooped posture when standing and why you cannot lie flat for several days. Your ideal outcome is coming, just be patient.

Having a tummy tuck is a big decision and a gratifying one. To schedule your consultation to discuss this procedure, contact us at 484-509-9359.

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