Here are 10 important things to do after a tummy tuck:
1. Follow your surgeon's instructions: Your surgeon will provide detailed post-operative instructions, including information on caring for your incisions and managing pain. It is important to follow these instructions carefully.
2. Take prescribed medications: Your surgeon will likely prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to help manage pain and reduce the risk of infection. Take these medications as prescribed.
3. Wear compression garments: Your surgeon may recommend wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support your healing tissues. Wear these garments as recommended.
4. Avoid strenuous activity: Avoid strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects for several weeks after your surgery. Light walking is usually encouraged, but it is important to avoid any activity that could strain your abdominal muscles.
5. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids will help to flush toxins from your body and promote healing. Be sure to drink enough water, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
6. Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy, balanced diet will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal properly. Be sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains in your diet.
7. Rest and relax: Rest is essential for healing after surgery. Take time off work if possible, and get plenty of sleep.
8. Attend follow-up appointments: Your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments to check your progress and make sure you are healing properly. Attend these appointments and let your surgeon know if you have any concerns.
9. Avoid smoking: Smoking can slow down the healing process and increase the risk of complications. If you smoke, it is important to quit before your surgery and avoid smoking during your recovery.
10. Be patient: Recovery after a tummy tuck can take several weeks or even months. Be patient and allow your body time to heal.
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Dr. Tony Weaver is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He is board certified general surgeon & board eligible in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.