Tummy Tuck Recovery Tips

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Posted June 24, 2014 in Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), by Dr. Fiorillo

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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that tightens and reconstructs your abdomen. The surgery tightens muscles and removes excess fat and skin, which results in a firmer stomach.

Tummy tucks are popular among both men and women, but not everyone’s recovery process is similar. Typically, it takes about one to two months to recover fully and return to all regular or strenuous activities. Nonetheless, there are several practices you can incorporate into your tummy tuck recovery to ease the process.

A woman undergoing her tummy tuck consultation.

Four Tips on Recovering From a Tummy Tuck

1. Follow Your Post-operative Instructions

After undergoing tummy tuck surgery, it is vital to follow the directions we provide to you. Typically, your abdomen will be wrapped in a compression garment, and small thin tubes may be inserted to assist with fluid drainage.

We will advise on how to take care of your incisions properly to prevent infections from occurring. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate your recovery process.

You can expect some discomfort after surgery; however, you will be prescribed pain medication. It is vital to take the medication correctly to prevent additional health problems from occurring.

2. Get Plenty of Rest

You need to get plenty of rest and not overexert your body. Before receiving any surgery, you should prepare a relaxing and comfortable area at home for healing. You may need to sleep inclined for a few weeks with your upper body raised to reduce swelling. We will inform you on proper resting positions that will increase comfort during your recovery.

3. Hydrate and Watch Your Diet

What you put into your body after surgery can determine the progression of your recovery. It is important to be mindful of what you eat and drink. Avoid foods and drinks that contain high amounts of processed sugars or sodium, as this can lengthen or harm your recovery.

Hydration is crucial during recovery. Be sure to drink plenty of water and other hydrating beverages like herbal tea or diluted juices.

Proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants are essential for repairing tissue and reducing inflammation. You can receive the necessary nutrients by eating vegetables, fruits, and protein-rich foods. Eating protein-rich foods will also provide the body with the energy it needs to recover.

Taking vitamins can also be helpful during your recovery, but you should check with us before starting any supplement.

4. Stay Active

Although you will be limited in your movement, it is still essential to keep moving as much as possible. In the days following your surgery, try to take some leisurely walks. This will improve blood circulation, and having your blood flowing is important for the healing process as it reduces the chances of blood clots.

Want to Know More About Tummy Tucks?

If you would like to know more about your tummy tuck options in Pearl River, New York, and Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, contact Dr. Fiorillo at (845) 842-1258 or visit our online consultation page.

Stock images of models are used throughout this website and should not be interpreted as actual patients of our practice. Individual results may vary.