Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips
Recovery is an important part of any surgical procedure. Dr. plant will do everything he can to ensure a safe and successful surgical procedure, but the end results are up to how dedicated you are to healing during recovery. With these tips, you can ensure a comfortable recovery process for satisfying results.
Discomfort is usually the most dreaded part of surgery. However, you can relax knowing you will feel absolutely no pain during your procedure process with the use of general anesthesia. When you come out of surgery, you’ll be a little out of it and can expect some discomfort to set in, with the majority of your pain lasting the first few days. This pain can be managed however with the use of a prescription pain medication from Dr. Plant. You should pick up your prescription and have it ready before your procedure day.
Rest is the most important aspect of your recovery process. Doing too much too soon can strain your incisions, increase swelling, and put your results at risk. You’ll want to arrange for 1-2 weeks off work so you can properly recover at home. The best position to be in is slightly bent at the waist. You will want to avoid movement, especially those that involve the abdomen like quickly standing up straight, bending,and lifting. You might want to have body pillows ready to keep you in the position that’s comfortable for you and takes the strain off your abdominal area.
A compression garment will be given to you and is expected to be worn as often as possible for as long as instructed. The compression garment will control swelling and support the newly constructed abdominal muscles. It can be tempting to look at your incisions and try to see results. However, it’s important to leave your incisions alone, keeping the area wrapped until healing is complete.
Although the majority of your swelling will diminish in the first month of recovery, the last bit of swelling can linger for up to a year after your procedure. So, don’t get discouraged if you don’t see the waistline you want right away. As your swelling diminishes and your scars heal and begin to fade, you can enjoy your improved contours.