A tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty.
It is a form of cosmetic surgery where excess fat and skin is removed from the lower and middle abdomen to make your tummy firmer.
There is both a financial investment as well as a time investment in the recovery process. Following these tips can help make the recovery process a little easier for you.
For anyone living in Victoria, consulting a leading plastic surgeon in Melbourne like A/Prof Dean White can provide invaluable insights tailored to your unique needs.
Make use of a walker or cane
A tummy tuck naturally puts tension on your abdominal area. Tightening of the abdominal muscles will create some discomfort when standing completely upright; hence staying slightly bent at the waist is more comfortable during the first week. This will also take some pressure off the incision. To help facilitate this, making use of a walker or a cane may be helpful.
When to take a shower after a tummy tuck will depend on the surgeon. We will let you know when is safe for you to take a shower or submerge in a bath. In the interim, it is best to take a sponge bath.
Sleeping with waist bent and legs elevated is likely the most comfortable position after a tummy tuck. It’s essentially replicating the position that you were placed in when in the operating room while you were being closed back up. A recliner will be a good place to recuperate the first few weeks after surgery. Opt for sleeping on the recliner during the first few weeks.
Ask for a helping hand
For the first few weeks after your tummy tuck, you will need to take it easy – if you have small children, we understand that this can be tricky! Enlist some help from a trusted friend or family member during your recovery. You should also have someone stay with you for about 24 to 48 hours after your surgery (regardless of whether or not you have small children) to help with anything you may need. Since you won’t be able to stand straight for a time after your tummy tuck you will need some help doing simple tasks such as getting out of bed, removing garments and bathing. Although you may not feel up to getting out of bed, you will be encouraged to get up at least 2 to 3 times a day and move around, as this help will help to increase circulation.
Get moving! (within reason)
You will be encouraged to move around shortly after your procedure. This is crucial as it will increase your circulation and prevent blood clot formation. It will also help keep your body from becoming stiff and tight, keep the tissues soft and relaxed, and will help to reduce your swelling. However, you should not do too much too soon.
You should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity. You need to allow yourself enough time to get the sleep and rest your body needs during the healing process.
Take at least 2 weeks off from work
You should book at least 2 weeks off from work if you have had a tummy tuck. Granted, everyone’s body heals differently, but the general rule is 2 weeks off. Taking a full 2 weeks to rest after surgery is to your benefit as you will not feel as sore and tired when you return to work.
Lastly, the best tip you can follow is simply adhering to the instructions and advice of your surgeon. We have your best interests at heart and will provide you with the adequate directions you will need to take during your recovery process.