Considering tummy tuck surgery? Aside from figuring out how to prepare yourself for your upcoming surgery, it is equally important to understand things you need to do for a quick and complication-free recovery.
You can expect to have drains, dressings, and bandages immediately following your surgery. You will be provided with instructions for taking care of the surgical site. The following steps will support your body in the healing process:
- You may have been told to quit smoking pre-surgery. Continue doing this post-surgery as smoking reduces the oxygen supply to the surgical site and can delay healing and increase your risk of complications.
- Wear compression garments as instructed. Compression garments are crucial in allowing the skin in the surgical site to adhere to its new contours. Additionally, they help reduce swelling and prevent complications.
- Have ice packs or cold compresses ready to reduce swelling. They are particularly useful during the first 48 hours post-surgery.
- Activities that involve bending or lifting should be avoided during the first few weeks of recovery, as they can cause the incisions to reopen. General activity can be resumed six to eight weeks after surgery. You need to follow your surgeon’s instructions before getting back to exercise and other forms of strenuous physical activity. Taking light walks in the days immediately following surgery can help reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Look out for signs of infection. Watch for swelling that doesn’t subside, redness, presence of pus, and warmth around the treated area.
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If you have tried diet and exercise to improve your abdominal area but are not seeing the results you want, a tummy tuck may be what you need. Call us at 508.334.5990 to schedule a visit. We look forward to hearing from you!