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Tummy Tuck

Tips for Recovering from Tummy Tuck

  • Many patients sleep in a recliner for the 1st 2 days after a tummy tuck. This may be helpful initially but can later lead to back discomfort. Two pillows behind the back and one beneath the knees can also be helpful.
  • There should be no heavy lifting until advised by your surgeon because heavy lifting will increase the pressure inside the abdomen as well as stretch the muscles themselves.  This can disrupt your muscle tightening procedure.
  • Most patients are able to shower within 2 days, but remember that after surgery you should always have an adult close by in case you feel faint in the shower.
  • When removing your compression garment do so slowly, as a rapid removal can make you light headed.
  • Do not soak your incisions in water; this can cause it them to break down from too much moisture.
  • When cleaning your incisions and applying antibiotic ointment use a Q-tip. Beware of fake nails, as they can harbor bacteria.
  • Take your time to stand upright; do not put increased tension on your tummy.
  • Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to your drain sites (as prescribed by your surgeon).
  • It is important for you to record how much is coming out of your drains on a daily basis; this lets your surgeon know when it is time to remove the drains.
  • The swelling will resolve from the upper abdomen first due to the effects of gravity and lymphatics. Don’t be alarmed, as the swelling in the lower abdomen will go away in several weeks.
  • Walking helps to keep your complication rate low and lessens the risk of clots forming in the legs.
  • Wearing TED hose after surgery helps with circulation.
  • Always notify your surgeon if you plan to take a long trip where you will be sedentary for a while.
  • Massage may help to get the swelling out of the abdomen.
  • Ask about scar treatments such as scar massages, topical bleaching creams, and silicone gels.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and use sun block. When sensation is temporarily lost, it is hard to detect sunburn.

If you have questions about abdominoplasty surgery in Orlando, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also want to take a moment to read our Consumer Guide to Abdominoplasty.

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