Tummy tuck recovery time may at times be longer than you expect, occasionally leaving you with an unpleasant experience. Here is everything you need to know before going for the procedure.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery refers to the removal of excess fat and skin which often leads to the restoration of weakened or detached muscles. This leads to creation of an abdominal shape that is smoother and firmer. Tummy tuck is also referred to as abdominoplasty.
A flat tummy is something that most of us desire, often involving ourselves in regular body exercise. Pregnancy, significant increase and decrease in body weight, aging and prior surgery can cause the stomach or abdomen to protrude or sag.
Tummy Tuck Recovery Time – Around 6 Months
Tummy tuck recovery takes place in stages, for some patients they will feel some tightness while others will be able to stand upright in a few weeks. Recovery time varies from one patient to another, the best source of information is your surgeon, if you haven’t discussed this with him/her I think you should.
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Stage 1: The Immediate Post-operative Stage
This stage lasts up to two weeks after surgery. It’s the time drains occur and requires assessment for possible complications such as infection, bleeding and skin loss.
After the tummies tuck procedure, you should be in a flexed position to reduce tension on the incision spots. Avoid bending your waist in order to reduce tension on the newly tightened skin.
To minimize the risk of blood clot, we advise that you start walking flexed at the waist for a few minutes, every two hours on a daily basis. Only remember to avoid the flexed position when sleeping.
Stage 2: 2 to 6 weeks post operation
This stage requires the doctor to regularly assess the patient for possible fluid collections and take care of them if need be.
Stage 3: 7 weeks to 6 months
During this stage the incision is healing, the tummy starts to feels more like your own rather than numb. Your energy levels will surge back to normalcy.
Stage 4: Beyond 6 months
In this final stage, the incisions lighten, soften, and the tummy tuck is now in the past and life goes on.
Tips on Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgery
The recovery time for tummy tuck may be quicker if you adhere to the doctors advice.
- Take your temperature regularly!
- Take those antibiotics on time
- Wear abdominal support garment!
- Empty your surgical drains two or three times a day
- Walk around after tummy tuck surgery!
- Drink plenty of water!