The Recovery ProcessThe recovery process would be different for every patient, it can be uncomfortable and painful. Your tummy would be swollen and sore for few days after the treatment. You may even experience bruising and tenderness in the treated area. Your surgeon is likely to place drainage tubes under the skin for removing excess blood or fluid, which may also take 4 to 5 days to be removed. Your surgeon will remove the sutures on the incisions after a week or two. The skin may become numb for some time after the treatment.
Post-operative InstructionsHowever, you will be given a list of post-operative instructions to recover from the tummy tuck. You will be guided by your surgeon to change dressings regularly with proper care. You will know what movements or activities can add to the discomfort that you should avoid. The list would include the things you should avoid during the healing process and things that will help you recover quickly. Following are the common instructions given to patients, while additional instructions can be given by your surgeon depending on your condition.
- Your doctor would prescribe some antibiotics to avoid any sort of infection after the treatment. You must monitor your health as well; if you bleed or feel temperature, even talk to your surgeon.
- You will be given pain medications to reduce the post-operative discomfort.
- You will be asked to keep your head elevated with the help of extra pillow for one or two weeks.
- You will be asked to discontinue smoking and alcohol consumption because it may interfere with the healing process.
- You will be given a support garment that you should wear around the abdomen to control the swelling and to heal quickly and comfortably.
- You will be explained on how to empty the drains and change dressings if needed.
- You will be asked to move and walk a little every day to prevent blood clotting and reduce swelling.
- You must avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks or more if your surgeon suggests.
- You are likely to experience a scar formation after the healing process. Your surgeon will prescribe you some topical medications that will minimize the appearance of the scar.