The term tummy tuck is tossed around in conversations from time to time, but not everyone really knows the details of this surgical procedure. It’s important to remember that recovery will be different for each patient. So you can’t solely depend on the advice of friends who have been there before. Everyone wants to bounce right back into their normal lives, but it’s important to give yourself all the time you need.
Here is what you need to know:
The Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to decrease the mass of an individual’s midsection. During this surgery fat and skin are removed from the middle and lower abdomen which tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. Where liposuction only removes remaining fat deposits, tummy tucking leaves a patient looking like those fatty deposits never existed.
Once you’ve elected to have this procedure as a solution to your stubborn belly it will be time to start thinking about how to prepare for your recovery. Just like any surgical procedure, it will require some downtime.
Once your surgery is complete, small tubes will be inserted into the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid. These will remain in place for several days after your surgery and your care team will teach you how to care for them.
In addition to managing your drains you will also be taught critical steps in recognizing signs of infection or other risks to your health. You and the people in your life who will help you recover are the first line of protection against potential health risks. Make sure that you’re following your physician's advice, getting plenty of rest, and avoiding physical activity for as long as is required.
It will take several weeks, maybe even months, for you to feel 100% back to normal. And while we want our patients to take it slow and not rush their recovery, we also want them to stay moderately active while recovering at home. That means getting up and walking around during the day to keep your blood flowing and reduce the risk of blood pooling or clotting in your lower extremities.
Your doctor will also advise you on how to sleep once you’ve returned home. While you may want to sleep just the same way you always have, it's best to sleep on a slight incline with your knees slightly bent.
During this time it's important to focus on being as healthy as possible. Drink plenty of water, eat well, and follow your doctor's instructions. It will take considerable time before you’re able to return to your normal routine. So make sure you prepare yourself and your space to remain comfortable and safe until life gets back to normal again.
If you think that you’re ready to feel better about your appearance and dive into this physique changing surgery, give us a call today.