All You Need to Know About Tummy Tuck RecoveryGeneral
Needless to say, tummy tuck aftercare is as important as the operation itself. Almost all the patients are concerned about the results of the surgery as well as what they should/shouldn’t do after that. In the following, you can find the answers to your questions about the tummy tuck recovery process and beyond that.
What to expect during tummy tuck recovery?
Right after Tummy Tuck
Right after the surgery, your stomach will be covered with a surgical dressing to prevent contact with clothes as well as bleeding. Your doctor may recommend you to sleep at a specific angle so that you feel less pain and your drainage tube will not move.
After being discharged, you have to rest at home for a few weeks. At this time, you should take painkillers and -if needed- anticoagulants. It is difficult to bend, stand, and lift something a few days after the surgery, so it is better to have a caregiver by your side. However, you should have mobility at home; so, walk slightly around the house every day to prevent blood clots.
Days after the surgery, you should be careful about your scars, drainage tube, incision site, etc. until you recover completely. During this time, you have to apply specific creams on your scars, take some meds, and use abdominal garments to help the recovery process. Also, it is essential to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least three months.
Back to Normal Life
Coming back to normal life after tummy tuck surgery takes some time. It is better to avoid doing heavy physical activities, bending, lifting heavy objects, etc. for the first several weeks. However, you can drive, go shopping, cook, and go to work (if it is not a demanding job) after 10 to 15 days.
Suture Removal after Abdominoplasty Surgery
In abdominoplasty, absorbable sutures are usually inserted at the incision site. These sutures do not need to be removed and only the knots on both sides are removed after two weeks. However, the sutures inside the navel are not absorbable and it is necessary to remove them after two weeks. Usually, the doctors in Iran recommend using gels, anti-scar creams, silicone sheets, or laser therapy to prevent the formation of excess flesh at the suture site.
Tummy Tuck Scars and How Long They Will Remain?
In the first days after tummy tuck surgery, the scar looks good, but after some time, it becomes red or purple and prominent. This scar is not permanent and will go away after a few months; but, the silver line of the scar will always remain under the abdomen. In any case, full recovery of the scars takes 3 to 6 months and sometimes a year.
Meds You Should Take after Tummy Tuck
After being discharged from the hospital, you have been prescribed the following drugs. The duration and method of taking the medicines depend on your physical condition. The meds that you should take after tummy tuck surgery include:
- Anti-constipation drugs;
- Oral antibiotics to prevent infection in the surgical area;
- Acetaminophen codeine, suppository, or ampoule to control the pain.
what to eat after tummy tuck?
Having a proper diet after tummy tuck surgery helps the recovery procedure and avoids weight gaining. Immediately after the operation, stay hydrated by drinking plain water, fruit juice, light tea, etc. It is important to eat vegetables, protein, vitamin C and A, whole-grain cereals, yogurt, cheese, soups, and pudding after tummy tuck since they help repair tissues, muscles, and skin of the abdomen.
However, some foods should be avoided after tummy tuck such as fried foods, sodas, fast foods, foods high in sugar and salt, processed foods, alcohol, etc.
Do’s and Don’ts After Abdominoplasty Surgery
After abdominoplasty surgery, you should rest for 1 to 4 weeks until you recover completely. However, some factors such as age, type of surgery, general health, and post-surgery care can affect the recovery’s duration. After a tummy tuck, it is necessary to take the following care:
- Avoid air travel for at least three weeks after the surgery;
- Avoid lifting weighty objects for at least two weeks;
- Call a doctor in case of active bleeding during the first two weeks after the surgery;
- Avoid taking any kind of nicotine from one month before the surgery until the end of the recovery period;
- Walk slowly and avoid absolute rest to prevent blood clots;
- Rest for 15 days and ask for a caregiver during this time;
- Visit the doctor on the third day and the first week after the surgery, especially to remove the drain;
- Wear proper and loose clothes to avoid moving drainage tube and surgical dressing;
- Use an elastic bandage or special clothing for a month to control bruising and swelling;
- Avoid bathing after abdominoplasty surgery until the drain is removed and the hole is closed;
- Prevent blood clots by wearing anti-embolism socks after the surgery or injecting heparin and enoxaparin as prescribed by your doctor;
- Avoid walking, doing normal activities, doing heavy exercises, and driving for about 10 to 14 days after the surgery, especially if the muscles are plicated.
How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Last?
Tummy tuck surgery alone may not maintain the appearance of the abdomen permanently; however, by having an active lifestyle and a healthy and nutritious diet, your tummy tuck results can last for a lifetime. On the other hand, if you do not change your lifestyle, the results of the surgery may be undone and the abdomen may return to its original shape.
The factors that return the stomach to its original shape include:
- Not having a healthy diet
Having a healthy and nutritious diet -including protein, fruit, vegetables, and carbohydrates- as well as drinking enough water and avoiding having fatty and high-calorie food will help maintain the results of abdominoplasty surgery.
- Not doing regular exercises
Doing exercise keeps you in shape and avoiding it can eliminate the results of tummy tuck surgery. By not doing regular exercises, your stomach will return to its former shape over time.
- Getting pregnant again
Abdominoplasty surgery does not prevent pregnancy; however, pregnancy can affect the results of the surgery by stretching the skin of the abdomen. So, it is better to do a tummy tuck when you do not intend to become pregnant.
- Severe weight loss
Just like obesity, severe weight loss may affect the results of a tummy tuck. By losing so much weight the abdomen skin will loosen; as a result, the stomach may sag again.
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