The increased self-confidence you feel after a successful tummy tuck is a cause for celebration, but recovery is no joke. If you want to get the best possible results you'll need to take your recovery seriously. But what does that mean? Well, let's talk about it! Here are some major dos and don'ts of tummy tuck recovery.
Do Limit Your Activity
For the first few days after your surgery, you probably aren't going to have an issue with this. You'll feel groggy, sore, and the last thing you're going to want to do is run around. But you should be careful about when and how you resume physical activity even once you're feeling up to it. Start slow and make a mental note of how you feel every day. If an activity is too painful, stop immediately and inform your surgeon.
Don't Ignore Your Surgeons Advice
Your surgeon will have a lot to say to you both before and after the procedure. Some of it will be detailed instructions that you absolutely must follow. Some of it will be advice that they've accumulated through years of being a plastic surgeon. It's in their best interest to ensure that you achieve an impressive outcome so you should always take the advice that they offer up.
Do Call On Your Support System
Recovering from a tummy tuck isn't something you want to do solo. First off, you'll need some help getting home immediately after the procedure — you won't be in any condition to drive. You won't be feeling up to much for your first few days at home either. The important thing is that you start asking friends, family, or loved ones for help sooner rather than later. This isn't something you want to drop on someone with a few days notice.
You'll be asked to stop smoking before your procedure. Nicotine and other drugs can reduce blood flow and make it harder for the incision to heal. This also applies to vaping. Some surgeons won't even perform cosmetic procedures on patients who have smoked within the past few months, so that should tell you how serious this point is!
Do Have Realistic Expectations
The tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, but it takes some time to perform its magic. In fact, the full extent of your results may not become apparent for months. Most women are happy they underwent the procedure once they do see their results, but if you aren't realistic about how long the process takes then it's going to be an unpleasant wait.
Don't Worry Too Much
Feeling a bit of anxiety about your procedure is totally normal, but too much worry can interfere with the healing process. Try to get yourself into a good headspace, whether it's through meditation, journaling, or whatever else helps you relax.
Do Contact Your Surgeon If Something Feels Wrong
Don't worry, you aren't bothering them. Ensuring that all of their patients remain healthy after the procedure is part of the job description. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your surgeon if anything feels off or you are experiencing any major side effects including:
Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of what it's like to recover from a tummy tuck. As long as you follow this advice and listen closely to your surgeon, you'll be feeling — and looking — better in no time.
Please, contact us at the Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today to find out if a tummy tuck is right for you.