Tips on Recovering from a Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck procedure creates a firmer, flatter stomach by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat. It is a major surgical procedure that requires a recovery period of up to six weeks before you can resume strenuous activities. Following the advice of your plastic surgeon after your tummy tuck will help to ensure your recovery is fast and effective.
Take Medication Regularly
Begin taking pain medication immediately and maintain regular dosages for the first few days after surgery, even if you are not feeling pain. Taking medication preemptively can reduce post-operative discomfort. If you are given antibiotics, take the entire course of medication even if you do not experience infection. If you do suspect you may have an infection, contact your physician immediately. A fever, excessive swelling, and reddened skin are all signs of infection.
Take Sponge Baths
For the first few days after your tummy tuck, you should not shower or take baths so your incision has time to heal. Instead, take sponge baths to keep clean. Your surgeon may make recommendations as to when you can begin showering or bathing again. Follow these instructions and keep an eye on your incision to determine when showering or bathing is appropriate. Once you do begin bathing regularly, continue to take care around your incision to prevent pain or scarring.
Although rest is important during recovery from a tummy tuck, some physical activity is also required. Taking short walks around your home at regular intervals can speed the healing process, prevent clots, and reduce swelling. Because you should avoid vigorous exercise for at least six weeks, walking is also an excellent way to maintain a regular regimen of activity during your recovery.
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