You’ve consulted with a cosmetic surgeon, and you’ve arranged your tummy tuck. But as the day for your tummy tuck arrives, it’s time to start dreaming about your healing and how you can improve your relaxation and performance. With a little planning and these Tummy Tuck Recovery tips, you can go straight to your recovery with ease and get back to your daily routine in no time.
Follow all the orders for post-op treatment
Before your tummy tuck, you can collect recommendations for post-operative treatment to be followed by a plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will discuss topics such as:
- What to expect
- How to care for your incisions and possible drain pumps
- Recovery limitations
- When you should expect to get back to normal activities.
They can supply you with the requisite post-op prescriptions so that you can pick them up before the big day and get them ready when you return home.
Have your own space for the recovery process
When your tummy tuck draws closer, it’s time to build your recovery room. It could be your bed, or even your living room recliner. In certain cases, you can be recommended to sleep in a reclining position, so fill your room with support pillows and blankets to make you more relaxed throughout your recovery time. Here are some other things you need to remember when building your space:
- Pick up all the necessary prescriptions and have them in a nearby spot.
- Create a list of Netflix shows that you want to binge or have a stack of books and magazines available.
- Buy face and body wipes, as well as a dry shampoo to help you stay clean while taking a shower is not an option.
- Make sure you have a safe and conveniently available path to your bathroom that you can easily navigate.
Enlist the help of family and friends
Chances are you already know that you’re going to need someone to drive you home after your tummy tuck, but don’t let the support stop there. During the treatment, it’s a smart thing to bring someone with you for at least the first day or two. Ask family or friends if they’re able to come and sit with you, help with food, and even help around the house as needed. If you have them, see if someone is willing to come to lend you a hand, because you won’t be able to raise your children. Maybe now is a nice time for them to take a break at grandma and grandpa’s house for a couple of days while you’re at home.
Eat healthily and stay hydrated
Although junk food is a simple choice, your body requires safe, nutrient-rich food and water to facilitate recovery. Fruits and raw vegetables are great to have on hand. Food planning before your tummy tuck will make it easy for you to feed and make sure your body gets what it wants. Eating the right foods can also help combat constipation, which is normal after taking pain killers. Speak to the surgeon about the use of stool softeners if necessary.
Use your compression garment properly
You will be recommended to wear an abdominal binder or a compression garment after the tummy tuck. This helps decrease bleeding, facilitates proper healing in the affected area, and helps to eliminate fluids. Be sure to wear this dress as instructed by your surgeon during your recovery time.
Walk as much as you can
Although your main priority is to relax during recovery after a tummy tuck, getting up and going is also necessary. Now, this is not the time to start the workout regimen, but it is important to walk daily throughout the day. This quick movement helps minimize the chance of blood clots while still helping to keep the skin moist and calm. Standing up every few hours for a quick walk around the house or even outside on a good day will help alleviate swelling and help you heal.