Tips For Recovering From A Tummy Tuck
If you've had a tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, it may take you a little while to recover from the surgery and get back to 100 percent. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from around your stomach area and can also strengthen any weakened muscles you may have. The procedure is designed for those who have abdominal issues due to heredity, aging, pregnancy, and other medical issues.
Because a tummy tuck is a major surgery, you can typically expect to have follow-up doctor visits 1-, 3- and 6-months post-operation, with your final appointment one year later. In general, the drains that were inserted during surgery are removed after two weeks and people can go back to work after about a month. Full recovery is usually expected after about eight weeks.
Here are some tips for ensuring a healthy tummy tuck recovery:
1. Take Pain Medication as Needed
For the first few days or even a week after your surgery, don't be afraid to take the pain medication that your doctor prescribed. Take the medication doses on time to avoid experiencing extreme pain, which can slow your recovery time.
If you feel like you don't need to take the dosage that the doctor recommended, try lowering it a little at a time to see how you feel.
2. Clean the Incision Area as Per Doctors' Recommendations
You may be tempted to clean the surgery location as soon as you get home from the hospital, but it's important to follow your doctor's recommendations. If you don't allow the area to scab over and heal properly, you risk getting an infection.
Your doctor will send you on your way with information as to when and how to initially sponge-clean the incision location and then eventually shower.
3. Call Your Doctor if You Notice Anything Unusual
If you develop a fever, or if the incision area gets red, swollen, painful, or itchy, contact your doctor as an infection may be setting in. You may need to take antibiotics to get rid of the infection, so don't try to remedy the situation at home. Also, let your doctor know if you notice any fluid leakage or blood from the incision.
4. Consider Wearing a Support Garment
If the hospital doesn't give you an abdominal support binder, which holds your skin in place and aids in the healing process, consider buying one yourself from a pharmacy or medical supply store. They are made of elasticized fabric and come in a variety of sizes, so you can create the perfect fit.