Whether you are a new mother or a grandmother, your decision to have tummy tuck surgery was a big one that, more than likely, you did not make lightly. Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal area. If you have ever had abdominal surgery before, including a c-section, you understand how the recovery process evolves. A tummy tuck is major surgery and a full recovery can take months. That does not mean that you can’t leave your house or resume your normal activities, but you may be surprised at your limitations. For example, driving is not encouraged for 1-2 weeks. So, it is very important to be prepared before surgery to ensure that your recovery is optimum!
Here are a few important things to consider prior to and following your tummy tuck procedure:
- Tidy your home before surgery and try to arrange for someone to help you keep it clean when you return. It is important to avoid the chance of post-surgery colds or infections and also important that you do not over do it trying to keep your home clean.
- If you have children, arrange for child care, if possible, to avoid lifting or struggling to manage a frisky toddler!
- Stock up on food…prepare frozen meals…remember that you will need to eat well following surgery and having something already prepared will take the “what shall we eat” pressure off of you!
- Stay hydrated!
- Don’t be shy about asking for help when you need it…and don’t neglect your mental health. Take those earned vacation days, read, rest, listen to music, meditate and take care of yourself.
- Take advantage of spending time in your sweats! You will be eager and able to show off soon enough!
- Generally, tummy tuck patients can resume normal activity after about 4 weeks…you will be advised you when you can resume your usual exercise regimen and which exercises are appropriate.
Tummy tuck surgery can be a life-changing, positive experience! Call us for a consultation!