Planning for a Tummy Tuck Procedure? See What You Should Do to Enhance Recovery

Posted on: 20 January 2021

Losing the excess fat or skin at the abdominal area, especially after childbirth, was once a great challenge for most people. However, things have changed today, and technology has come with some enhanced ways to help you do it. For instance, you can undergo a tummy tuck procedure to remove all that excess fat and skin and even restore the separated or weakened abdominal muscles. Once the surgical procedure is done successfully, your abdomen will be flat and tightened and your belly contours will be refined.

The procedure isn't gender-based, and everyone struggling with excess abdominal fat or skin can benefit a lot from it, as long as they get a competent plastic surgeon to carry it out. Since the procedure entails removing fat and skin, stitching abdominal muscles and also liposuction, the recovery process usually takes time. Luckily, here are a few things you can do to enhance recovery after a tummy tuck procedure.

Adhere to the Surgeon's Instructions

After the procedure, your surgeon will issue instructions on things you can or cannot do. If you follow the instructions, you will recover fast and avoid a lot of unnecessary complications. For instance, the surgeon may recommend that you don't engage in certain activities that could slow recovery or cause severe complications. If you do contrary to the surgeon's advice, you'll likely have complications. This means you won't heal properly and get the expected results.

Get Post-Operation Support

Your ability to perform various tasks will reduce after the surgical procedure, and you will need to get support. Your family or spouse can help you a lot during this time, as they will provide the physical and emotional support you need. You won't be able to do certain things like bathing, swimming and house cleaning or even carry out other household tasks without someone to help you. 

If you don't have a relative to offer support, you may want to ask a friend to help you during the recovery period or even hire someone to do it. And since walking will be a challenge after surgery, get a walker or cane to support you when walking around the house.

Eat Food with Lots of Fibre

Most people struggle with constipation after surgery. Sometimes, this problem occurs because of the pain medication you take or other aspects of the surgical procedure. Luckily, you can minimise constipation and ease straining by adding fibre into your diet. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fibre and will help make digestion easier. You may also use a stool softener to avoid straining when relieving yourself.

The key to having a successful tummy tuck procedure is choosing a qualified surgeon, preparing yourself and your home for surgery, and knowing what to do to enhance your recovery experience. So, make sure you get all the information you need and the recovery tips discussed above are a good place to start.

For more information about a tummy tuck procedure, talk to a doctor.