A tummy tuck can help to rid you of excess skin and re-contour your stomach. An experienced plastic surgeon can also perform muscle repair with your tummy tuck. Some swelling after a tummy tuck is normal, but there are some things you can do to minimize the severity. Follow these tips to help keep swelling at bay and enjoy a quick and comfortable recovery.
1. Wear a Compression Garment
Your plastic surgeon will probably tell you to wear a compression garment for a certain period after your surgery. Follow these instructions carefully and don’t stop wearing your compression gear before you have been instructed to do so. These garments help reduce fluid retention and swelling, making them an important aid to the healing process.
Compression garments can help improve the appearance of your abdominal skin, making it look and feel smoother.
2. Get Moving
You’ll probably have to rest a lot during the period immediately following your tummy tuck. Once you have the go-ahead from your plastic surgeon to start being active, though, go for it! Walking and other gentle activities are a great way to promote blood circulation and prevent swelling. Be careful, though, and don’t do more than your plastic surgeon recommends. Strenuous activities like running or heavy lifting could have the opposite effect and cause excessive swelling.
3. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods to give your body what it needs to heal and recover from your tummy tuck and to help reduce swelling. Avoid foods that are high in sodium, because salt causes your body to retain water. Common culprits are potato chips, microwave dinners and cured meats such as bacon.
Dr. Frank Campanile is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is also fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. Dr. Campanile knows that making a lasting change to your appearance is a big decision. His calm, professional approach and deep caring for his patients set a tone that will help you feel confident and relaxed while reviewing your options and learning all about the procedures that can benefit you. Request a consultation today to meet with Dr. Campanile in person.