The tummy tuck is a major invasive surgery. The long-term results are magnificent, but in the meantime the recovery process can be long and frustrating. For many people, it’s a small price to pay for a better version of themselves. We’re going to go through some of the things you shouldn’t worry about and what you can do to speed up your tummy tuck recovery.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The chances are your abdomen will be numb in the days and weeks after surgery. It’s impossible to avoid damaging any of the nerves in the area for such an invasive procedure. Often, the sensation begins to come back after a few months. This isn’t something you should worry about.
The suture used to bind your incision will be removed after about ten days, but it can take up to two weeks. Parts of your incision will heal faster than others.
Infection is a risk with any surgery. To make sure you don’t extend your recovery time, take the full course of antibiotics. If you miss a dose, there’s a risk of contracting a drug resistant infection. Regular high temperatures and abnormal swelling are two signs of an infection.
Keeping Tummy Clean
The first few days after your tummy tuck are very sensitive times. You should avoid bathing or having a shower. This is unclean water filled with various chemicals from soaps and gels. It can easily cause an infection. Your surgeon might tell you to give yourself a sponge bath for some weeks until the incision heals.
Blood clots can form if you live a sedentary lifestyle immediately after surgery. Doctors recommend taking regular walks. The walks don’t have to be intense or leave you gasping for air. Intense exercise, such as running, should be avoided because the impact reverberates throughout your entire body. This can aggravate the area and cause problems.
Eat a diet rich in protein. Your body needs all the necessary amino acids to heal itself. Eat like an athlete would during this time. They’re trained to eat protein and maintain a balanced diet after heavy workout sessions. Whilst the situations are completely different, the principle of repair is the same.
Wear the Right Clothing
Your body has gone through a lot and it’s going to react in ways it never has before. The biggest risk is excessive swelling. You’ll be given some sort of support garment to wear. One of them looks like a girdle and the other looks like a wide binder. Wear them as often as you can to compress your abdomen.
By compressing your abdomen you’re making sure the stomach can’t swell too much. This same compression has also been scientifically proven to lead to a faster healing process. Wear these support garments to bed as well.
What Should I Do?
If you think you have an infection or you just want to talk to your doctor about an issue concerning you, ensure your clinic provides proper support. The mark of a good clinic is good aftercare. They should support you until you’re completely healed and ready to return to work again.
The author, Dr Jeremy Hunt, is a leading cosmetic surgeon. He is also an avid blogger who talks about the latest developments in the world of medicine in his articles.