A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an incredibly popular body contouring procedure that can help to slim, smooth and reshape your abdominal area. Good candidates for a tummy tuck are people who are in good general health, but have excess or loose skin they are unhappy with. Abdominoplasty can be very effective at helping with loose skin left after pregnancy or major weight loss. Following a few simple tummy tuck recovery tips can help make your recuperation from this procedure less stressful.
1. Get Help!
If you want a smooth and safe recovery, you absolutely need to enlist the help of friends or family. If you don’t have someone who is available to help you during this time, ask your plastic surgeon for advice – he or she may be able to recommend a nurse or caregiver who can help out. Make arrangements for help with household duties, taking kids to school and whatever else you’d normally do. If you have small children or a baby at home, you’ll definitely need some help since you won’t be able to do any lifting or strenuous activity for a while.
2. Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating good, healthy foods can really help to make your recovery smoother. Avoid overly salty foods, sugary snacks and other junk food. Ahead of your surgery date, fill your fridge and cupboards with easy to make nutrient-packed foods to help keep you healthy as you recuperate. This tummy tuck recovery tip applies both before and after your surgery.
3. Clear Your Schedule
You can help make your recovery smoother by taking care of yourself before and after tummy tuck surgery.
Put in for some time off work as far ahead of your surgery as possible. It’s common for people to take about 2 weeks off after having a tummy tuck. Of course, each person’s recovery is different. Different tummy tuck techniques may entail different recovery times. If you combined your tummy tuck with breast augmentationas part of a mommy makeover, the time you need to recover will most likely increase.
Talk with your plastic surgeon about what your recovery timeline might look like. He or she can help you figure out how much time to take off work, a decision that will also be affected by the type of work you do. If you work at a fairly sedentary job, you would probably be able to return to work sooner than if your job entails strenuous activity.
4. Create a Serene Space to Recuperate
When you come home after your tummy tuck, you will need to rest so your body can heal from surgery. Set up an area where you’ll be able to do this without too many disturbances. Make sure you have plenty of clean pillows and blankets, as well as loose clothing to wear. Have everything you need close at hand, from medical supplies to things you might want to help you stay entertained. If possible, set up your recovery space in an area that can be closed off from the rest of the house.
5. Follow Your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions for your tummy tuck recovery. Tips found on the internet and elsewhere should come in second place to the advice you receive from the person actually doing your surgery. Failure to stick with your recovery guidelines could lead to a longer, more stressful recovery. Not sticking to your plastic surgeon’s restrictions and instructions could even lead to injury and compromised results.
Getting great tummy tuck results starts with choosing the right plastic surgeon. Look for someone who is and highly experienced with abdominoplasty procedures. If you think it could be the right time for a tummy tuck, book a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to help you figure out your next steps.
Pacifica Center for Plastic Surgery is the practice of Dr. Robert S. Improta, M.D. and Dr. Daniel G. Kolder, M.D. Established as one of the most reputable plastic surgery practices in Southern California, Pacifica Institute draws patients from Camarillo, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Los Angeles, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and all of Ventura County.