Tips for Successful Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck procedure involves a surgeon making at least one incision into your abdominal wall. If you have separation of your abdominal wall muscles, some additional repairs may have been made during your procedure. Each patient’s recovery time varies due to personal tolerance for pain, the size of the incision and any complications that occurred during the procedure. These tips will help you handle recovery after a tummy tuck so you can get back to your usual activities and routines with minimum pain.
Caring for the Surgical Site
Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the surgical site, but in most cases, you can remove the dressings – not the stitches or strips – 24 hours after surgery. You’ll probably feel ready for a shower at this point. Do not take a bath or immerse yourself in any still water. Don’t scrub the incision site, but allow the water from the shower to run down it. You may find that wearing a compression undergarment, such as a girdle or high-topped briefs, may help with the healing of the surgical site.
You may receive a prescription for a pain reliever after your tummy tuck procedure. Use this medicine as instructed by your doctor. Staying on top of the pain helps reduce your risk of discomfort. Take your medication with a snack such as toast or crackers to lessen the risk of nausea due to an empty stomach.
About 24 hours after surgery, you can stand up and shower with some help. You’ll need to avoid lifting, pushing or pulling activities for four to six weeks. Avoid lifting anything that weighs more than five pounds during this time period. You may resume your daily routine and walking after 24 hours, but avoid strenuous exercise. To learn more about tummy tuck recovery, visit the physician’s website for more information.