Tummy Tuck Recovery: What to Expect?

Tummy Tuck Recovery: What to Expect?
October 23 07:50 2017 Print This Article

When it comes to a quick and smooth recovery after a tummy tuck surgery, the last thing any patient wants to do is be one of those foolish patients who end up doing everything but what their surgeon recommends. Simply put, if you thoroughly follow your surgeons instructions, you’ll dramatically decrease your risk of complications.

Get post-operative help

Its essential that you have a supportive network around you after surgery to ensure that you have help. For individuals that want to have this procedure, an extra set of helping hands is essential to your recovery. Make sure you have a friend or family member you trust to help take care of you for a minimum of 24 hours following the surgery. You won’t be capable of doing every day tasks like showering, getting dressed and getting out of bed; therefore, help is required. You most likely will not be comfortable moving around, but you need to get your circulation going so some movement at least three to four times a day is necessary.

Make yourself comfortable

You will need to make sure that you get enough rest and ensure that your comfortable while lying down, try to relax and rest with a couple of pillows behind your head. To get up out of bed, slowly sit up, then proceed to move your legs around to the side of the bed and stand up from there.

Load up on nutrients

It may be hard to believe, but overweight patients are actually malnourished. In other words, it’s harder for their bodies to heal. Most patients who are undernourished have more fluid build up or form seromas. In fact, around 50% of tummy tuck patients will develop a seroma if not stabilised nutritionally. Consuming a healthy diet is essential, but you also need to eat healing foods. Vitamin C-rich foods like pineapples and dark leafy green vegetables are ideal. Avoid eating foods that create gas these include; beans and cabbage. Additionally, you should also refrain from eating foods that are high in salt. Make sure that you eat smaller portions of food and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Start to move around … but don’t overdo it!

This step is essential because it’s the best way to decrease the formation of blood clots. However don’t move around too much, too soon. You should also avoid all heavy lifting and strenuous activity; giving yourself the right amount of time for sleep and rest. Your body needs a lot of rest during the healing process. For more information on the Tummy Tuck procedure visit https://www.quinnplasticsurgery.com.au/tummy-tuck/.   

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