Tuck and Roll: The Secrets to Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is the surgical process in which excess skin and fat is removed from the abdominal area in order to give you a smoother more taut looking abdomen. Due to its fairly invasive procedural process, tummy tucks can take a while to recover from and require that patients follow strict recovery procedural guidelines. Read on to learn more about the secrets to fully recovering from a tummy tuck.
- NO Lifting
If you want that box on the top shelf, don’t try to lift it off yourself. During your recovery, it’s important that you don’t do any sort of heavy lifting or stretching that might cause your stitches to break or your incision site to open. If you really need to get something down, either call for help or wait to get it until somebody can get it down for you. Remember that whatever it is can wait, and that your health and recovery is more important.
- Compression Sleeves
Yes, when you think of compression sleeves the first image that likely comes to mind is the sleeves that long distance runners wear around their calves during long stints. However, after your tummy tuck surgery, your doctor will also give you some compression sleeves (shirt) in order to wear around your middle section. Wear this compression sleeve for as long as your doctor recommended because it will help ensure that everything stays in the right place and that you don’t strain any muscles or ligaments during the healing process.
Before you schedule your tummy tuck surgery, make sure that you can take 5-7 days off of work or your daily tasks in order to fully recover. By staying in bed all day and resting, your body will be able to fully recover from the tummy tuck procedure and you will get back to your normal self before you know it. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to lay in bed all day and watch your favorite movies?
By following these three steps you can get a speedy recovery from your tummy tuck procedure. To learn more, contact our office today!