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5 Things You Should NOT Do after Your Tummy Tuck

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After your tummy tuck, you’ll be given lots of things to do to help in your recovery. Just as important as the things you do, however, is the things you do not do. There are lots of activities and temptations you’ll need to avoid in the days, weeks and even months after your tummy tuck surgery. Here are five tummy recovery tips for what NOT to do after your surgery.

1. Do NOT Measure Yourself

Back away from the measuring tape. For several weeks or months after your tummy tuck procedure, your abdomen will likely be swollen. Any measurement you take until you’re fully healed will not be accurate and could likely be discouraging. It’s best to wait until after you’re completely healed and your surgeon can confirm that your results are complete before you start taking any measurements.

2. Do NOT Rush Your Recovery

On one of the most important tummy tuck recovery tips is to not rush through your healing process. You’ll want to get back to your old routine as quickly as you can, but it’s important to take your time during your recovery. Don’t try to exercise too soon, take all the time you need before returning to work and stick with your compression garments as long as you need to.

3. Do NOT Say ‘No’ to Help

Follow your surgeon’s instructions during your recovery, listen to your body and take your time as you ease back into your life post tummy tuck.

Tummy tuck recovery is not a time to go it alone. In the first few days of your recovery especially, you’ll want to have a trusted friend or family member nearby to help take you to appointments, change your dressings and make sure you’re well taken care of. It may be tempting to assert your independence, but at least at first, it’s important to let someone who cares for you help you.

4. Do NOT Start Eating Junk

Staying healthy after your tummy tuck procedure is important, and this includes maintaining a healthy diet. Don’t use your downtime as an invitation to indulge. Maintaining a stable weight can help maintain the best results from your tummy tuck, so stick with the healthy eating habits you developed before your surgery.

5. Do NOT Ignore Your Surgeon or Post Op Appointments

Keeping up with your surgeon’s orders and your post-op appointments are vital to your tummy tuck recovery. Each time you meet with your plastic surgeon, they’ll be able to assess your healing and give you instructions on how to keep your recovery quick and healthy. Do not skip appointments. Do not ignore instructions. Do not skip taking your medication. One of the best things you can do for your recovery is to pay careful attention to your recovery guidelines and follow them to a tee.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to recovering from your tummy tuck surgery, but taking these five things off your table can help aid in a quick and successful healing process. Heed these tummy tuck recovery tips and take care of yourself while you’re on the mend.


5 Things You Should NOT Do after Your Tummy Tuck
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5 Things You Should NOT Do after Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. James Koehler of Fairhope, AL lays out a list of five tummy tuck recovery tips for things to avoid during recovery from your abdominoplasty surgery.
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