One of the most major operations we offer is tummy tuck surgery, the process whereby a large incision is made to the abdomen to enable the surgeon access to remove excess skin, fat and tissue from the region. Abdominal wall muscles are tightened and the wound is closed. The outcome of the operation is a leaner, firmer abdomen.
Although no two patients are the same, it is possible to give a rough guideline for what you can expect following a tummy tuck, to help you understand more about what to expect and to understand whether the procedure is the right decision for you. There are many factors that affect how quickly you will heal, such as your age, overall health and your weight, but as a starter for ten, here’s what you can expect from the recovery process.
Tummy tuck recovery: In the first couple of days after a tummy tuck…
- If you had drainage tubes put in to ensure that fluid does not build up inside your body at the site of the operation, these will be removed after a few days following your operation.
- You can usually shower after 48 hours following the removal of the drainage tubes, although many people prefer to have a shallow bath as it is easier to ensure you don’t wet the dressings.
- The first few days will be the most painful as your body is adjusting to the operation and is busy working to heal the wounds. You will have bruising and swelling which will really start to emerge in the first few days.
Tummy tuck recovery: During the first few weeks after a tummy tuck…
- You won’t be able to drive so before your operation have a think how this will affect you from a practical perspective and try to put measures in place to work around this.
- You will need to rest as much as possible to give your body the best chance of healing well.
- Depending on your type of employment, you should be able to return to work after a week or two.
Tummy tuck recovery: Around 6 weeks after a tummy tuck…
- You will be advised to wear compression support for around the first six weeks to help reduce the swelling and to give overall support to your abdominal region.
- By this time, you are allowed to begin gentle exercising again – although it is advised to avoid heavy lifting or anything that puts a strain on the abdomen.
Tummy tuck recovery: Being a patient patient
Time is the best healer and patience is key when it comes to recovering from such a significant operation. It is crucial to give your body time to heal and not to rush things. If you push yourself too far too soon then this is likely to delay your recovery in the longer term. While you are healing, try and stay hydrated by drinking as much water as you can, as this will help reduce swelling and flush out toxins. Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet including lots of fruit and vegetables too, in order to make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins.