09 Feb Tummy Tuck Tips For An Easy Peasy Recovery
A tummy tuck can have remarkable results and ultimately leave you feeling rejuvenated and happy that you decided to go through with it. However, it is essential to remember that it is still surgery and there should be careful attention paid to the preparation and post-op care that will be needed. Here are a few tips for an easy peasy recovery from your tummy tuck surgery.
Before surgery, take note of some very important points to remember. After surgery, follow your doctor’s instructions to a “T” for a speedy and uneventful recovery.
Before Your Tummy Tuck, Pay Attention To You Diet
Doctors recommend no significant attempts to lose weight immediately before surgery. We may think that we will be suddenly skinny after the tummy tuck, but it is essential to pay close attention to what we are consuming both before and after surgery. Concentrate on eating a regular balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and plenty of water. No over the counter medications should be used before surgery.
Guard Against Infection After Tummy Tuck
Of course, all surgeries have risks involved; we are all well aware of that. However, we can reduce the chances of infection exponentially with proper prepping. It is advisable for patients to bathe in a solution of chlorhexidine to decrease the bacteria count and thus reduce the chance of infection.
Activity Restriction After Tummy Tuck
Pain and tenderness of your abdomen will more than likely last at least a couple of weeks, the latter part of those weeks will be more manageable. But, anyone who has undergone tummy tuck surgery should restrict any activity involving the use of his or her abdominal muscles. No one wants to end up back in the hospital. Weightlifting, running, and calisthenics should be avoided. It is essential that during the recovery process that an inadvertent release of the sutures that are tightening the muscles does not occur.
Recreational Activities Post Tummy Tuck
Any mixing of alcohol with the strong prescription medication you may be on is extremely advised against. Most patients are not in a coherent state after surgery especially in the first few days after surgery. It is highly recommended to have a close friend or relative assist you in the first few days post surgery.
Recovery Expectations Post Tummy Tuck
During your recovery, always remember that you have just undergone major surgery. Abdominoplasty is neither simple nor is it easy, but the results that you will ultimately see will make the recovery time worth it. If you come to terms with the pain, the downtime and restrictions in advance of the surgery, it will help you attain a smoother, easier recovery period.
Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation with Dr. John Park, Irvine, CA
When you are considering any surgery including a tummy tuck, it is essential that you become knowledgeable on what the surgery involves. Weighing the risk/ reward ratio is something we all should do in elective surgery. Let us Dr. John Park MD Plastic Surgery you navigate your way through the questions you have concerning your tummy tuck – (949) 777-6883.