Tummy tuck is a body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure to tighten the abdominal skin, reposition underlying muscles and fat, and create a sculpted appearance of the abdomen. However, many patients are reluctant to choose an invasive procedure such as tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Surgery (abdominoplasty) Recovery
Plastic surgeon Dr. Kaufman takes you through all you need to know about how to get the best results from your Tummy Tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) recovery. Opt for tummy tuck plastic surgery to rid of insistent and excess fat from the abdomen, and enjoy a smoother, firm and contoured body.
Come in for a consult at Dr. Kaufman’s Cleveland office for a detailed discussion on tummy tuck surgery, highly sought cosmopolitan cosmetic surgery performed by an incredibly skilled plastic surgeon. Here are a few pointers on how to safeguard a speedy recovery post tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery.
Rest easy for quick recovery
Complete bed rest is crucial and essential to optimum recovery post tummy tuck. Classified as major surgery, tummy tuck requires the patient undergo general anesthesia as your plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from your abdominal area. Liposuction of fat pockets along your belly and hips, along with reattaching separated muscles to tighten and deliver an even and contoured result.
Since the procedure last anywhere between 1-5 hours, it takes quite a toll on the body. Patients recovering from tummy tuck cosmetic surgery should stick to maximum bed rest for at least a week after.
Avoid heavy lifting for optimum recovery results
Tummy tuck plastic surgery drastically changes muscle and tissue structure in abdominal area. Sometimes your plastic surgeon might leave a drain pipe in the incision made to let out excess fluid build-up. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s post-operative care instructions. This includes limiting strenuous physical activity like daily exercise and workouts for at least six weeks after. Most patients are asked to take at least a month off work to ensure total and complete recovery.
Bandage care after tummy tuck surgery
Every expert cosmetic surgeon will ensure your stiches and abdomen are properly bandaged to support and enhance quick healing after performing tummy tuck surgery. An elastic and firm bandage is strapped around the waist to improve healing, this supports the patient and relieves added pain, allowing muscles to better heal and relax.
Proper post-operative care of your bandage will need to be followed exactly as prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Wear loose and soft materials during your recovery period. Hand held showers work much better to keep your bandage dry while cleaning up. Get someone to help you clean up with a sponge or assist you in the shower initially, until you get a grip on things.
Dealing with tummy tuck surgical scars
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery will leave you with scars along the incisions made by your experienced Cleveland plastic surgeon. Bear in mind that your scars will improve with time. Scars tend to look worse after the first few days of surgery, keep applying the antibiotic cream or ointment prescribed by your cosmetic surgeon until your stitches are out. Once removed, you can use natural Aloe Vera gel or primrose oil to reduce scar tissue and even completely eliminate scarring.