Tummy tuck surgery is one of the popular cosmetic procedures that removes the excess fat and skin from the abdomen and also restores the separated or weakened muscles. As a result, it creates smoother and firmer abdominal profile. Having bulging tummy is a common problem and you can experience it even if you have normal weight, tummy tuck is perfect option for such people who want to get rid of this problem. This surgery is also helpful for those mothers who want to get their pre baby body back. As any other cosmetic surgery, tummy tuck is also invasive procedure and requires time period of few weeks for complete recovery. Know how will be your recovery after surgery.
Before we discuss about recovery, it is important to mention here that tummy tuck or abdominoplasty has two types – full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck. Full tummy tuck requires relatively long time for recovery as compared to mini tummy tuck. During recovery just after you have ended up with the surgery, dressings and bandages will be there on incisions. You will be wrapped in elastic bandages or you will have to wear compression garment to speed up healing by minimizing swelling and supporting your abdomen. Small thin tubes may also be placed under your skin for drainage of excess blood or fluid.
Common side effects associated with abdominoplasty are swelling, pain, bruising, numbness, soreness and tenderness. All the side effects are temporary and subside by following directions of surgeon. Some rare side effects include infection, blood clotting and bleeding under the skin. Before your recovery period starts, your surgeon will guide you about all the important steps that you need to take during recovery to make it comfortable and quick. Some of the specific instructions are given below.
- You will have to take care of incision sites and drains and your surgeon will guide you how, avoiding them from getting wet is the most important instruction
- You will have to take medications orally or apply topical creams on wounds to aid healing and minimize possible infections.
- You need to monitor any changes on the surgical site or in your general health and if you note anything that is not normal, you should contact your surgeon as soon as possible.
- You should see your surgeon for purpose of regular follow ups, so that he must be aware of how you are going through your recovery period.