Tips for a Successful Tummy Tuck Recovery

For many women, the tummy tuck is a “dream” procedure, a chance to get back their pre-pregnancy body or just achieve a flat stomach and abdominal definition they’ve wanted for years. While the results from this procedure can completely transform the midsection and torso, it’s still a fairly extensive procedure and does involve some downtime.

If you want the best possible outcome from your tummy tuck procedure, you need to make sure you follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions and get enough rest during the recovery period. 

Most people need at least two weeks and up to six weeks to recovery from tummy tuck surgery.

Here are some tips for a successful tummy tuck recovery:

  1. Take your pain medication on schedule. It’s a good idea to keep the pain medication in your system so you don’t experience an unbearable level of pain. Remember that the medication can take about 30 to 45 minutes to get into your system and you should take it with some food to prevent nausea.
  2. Be prepared for the bruising and swelling. The visible bruises and extent of swelling after a tummy tuck can be alarming so it’s a good idea to be prepared for the drastic change in your appearance. The skin on your abdomen may also be numb but the sensation will come back. Remember that bruising, swelling and numbness will resolve within a few weeks. 
  3. Monitor your temperature. If your temperature shoots up or is too high, it could be a sign of infection. Take your temperature regularly and contact your doctor to determine whether you need to go in for testing.
  4. Take your prescription medication on time. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics which must also be taken on a schedule so they stay in your system. Be diligent about taking all required prescription medications on the required schedule so your body can repair and recover as quickly as possible.
  5. Wear your support garment all day and night. An abdominal binder will hold everything in place and help you achieve the most favorable outcome. Make sure you’re wearing the binder and any compression garments as required by your plastic surgeon.
  6. Empty your drains a few times a day. You will need to empty out the drains a few times a day and keep track of how much fluid collected in the drain. You may also need to change the dressings over the incisions and bandage up the area during the healing process. Get on a schedule with this process so you can support your body’s recovery and healing process.

Interested in finding out more information about the tummy tuck procedure?  Tummy Tuck Pictures are a great way to start the research process.