A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a major surgery that requires a significant amount of recovery time. While the results can be life-changing, it's important to be prepared for the recovery process before undergoing the procedure.
You will be sore after your tummy tuck and bending over to use the toilet seat can be very painful. A toilet seat booster helps to raise the height of the toilet seat, making it easier and more comfortable for you to use the restroom.
Sleeping in a recliner or propped up on pillows will help you sleep more comfortably and will also prevent you from putting too much pressure on your surgical site.
You will be given a prescription for pain medication to help manage your discomfort. Be sure to take the medication as directed. You may also find that over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can help. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any medication.
You will need to wait until your surgeon gives you the okay before showering. Once you are cleared to shower, be sure to use lukewarm water and gentle soap. Do not scrub your surgical site. Gently pat it dry when you are finished.
Compression stockings help to minimize the risk of blood clots after surgery. You will need to wear them for a few weeks after your surgery.
You will be given an abdominal binder to wear after your tummy tuck. This helps to support your incision and will also help to minimize swelling. Be sure to adjust the binder as directed by your surgeon.
It is not uncommon to feel nauseous after surgery. Be sure to drink clear or ice-cold fluids and eat light and bland foods. If you are still feeling nauseous, contact your doctor.
You will need to wear a compression garment or Spanx for six weeks following your tummy tuck surgery. This helps to support your incision and minimize swelling. Be sure to wear the garment as directed by your surgeon.
You may be given a walker or cane to help you around after surgery. Be sure to use it as directed by your surgeon. This will help by taking the pressure off of your incision.
You will need to use maxi pads and gauze after your surgery to absorb any drainage. Be sure to change them frequently to keep the area clean and dry. You will also need to purchase supplies such as peri-care wipes, a surgical bra, and compression stockings. Your doctor will give you a list of everything you will need.
Most people feel great after their tummy tuck procedure and can go home the same day. You will have drains in place to help prevent fluid buildup. You will also be given a compression garment to minimize swelling.
You will need to take it easy during this time and avoid any strenuous activity. You should also avoid lifting anything heavier than 10 pounds.
You will have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon within a week. At this time, your drains will be removed and you will be given more information about caring for your incision.
During this phase, you will continue to wear your compression garment and avoid any strenuous activity. You should also avoid sitting for long periods of time.
You will likely have another follow-up appointment with your surgeon during this phase. At this time, they will check on your incision and make sure that it is healing properly.
By this time, most people are feeling back to their old selves. You will still need to wear your compression garment and avoid any strenuous activity.
You will have one final follow-up appointment with your surgeon during this phase. They will remove your stitches and give you the okay to return to your normal activity level.
Most people are fully recovered from their tummy tuck by six weeks. However, it is important to listen to your body and take things slowly. You should avoid any strenuous activity for at least two months to prevent any complications.
It is also important to continue wearing your compression garment during this phase. You may need to wear it for up to 12 weeks to fully support your incision.
After 12 weeks, you can finally return to your normal activity level and enjoy your new tummy.
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