Men and women who are self-conscious about their midsections can choose from different types of tummy tucks to improve their appearances. While abdominoplasty can provide dramatic and beautiful results, the recovery process can be less exciting than anticipating showing off your new tummy. Here are a few ways to help decrease swelling after a tummy tuck so you can enjoy your results sooner.
1. Wear a Compression Garment
After a tummy tuck, fluid can collect at the surgical site. Wearing a compression garment or binder can help to reduce post-surgical swelling and minimize discomfort. The compression garment is form-fitting, typically covers the entire trunk and can be worn under your clothes. Many plastic surgeons provide these garments following the surgery.
2. Stay Away from Salty Foods
Foods that are high in sodium can make you retain water and cause swelling. Avoiding salty foods helps to reduce swelling after a tummy tuck. Focus on a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
The combined effects of anesthesia and pain medication can slow digestion and lead to constipation. Staying well-hydrated after surgery helps to flush your system, discourages fluid retention and decreases swelling. Drinking plenty of water is an important way to support your healing process.
4. Keep On Moving
Light activity after a tummy tuck can reduce swelling and prevent blood clots from forming. In the first few days after surgery, several minutes of gentle walking each hour is encouraged. You can gradually increase your pace and duration of walking according to your plastic surgeon’s recommendations. In time your swelling will subside to reveal your new sleek contours.
Dr. Lee B. Daniel is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. He is a member of numerous societies including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.