Tips For A Better Tummy Tuck Recovery
A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure, and in many ways, the recovery period is like that associated with any other major surgical procedure. You should get as much rest as possible, eat healthy, and keep your incision clean. There are, however, a few more specific recovery tips you should follow after a tummy tuck.
Wear clothing without a waistband.
When you get home from the hospital, you may struggle in deciding what to wear that won't rub on your incision. Some patients choose high-waisted pants that rest above the incision, but there is still the worry that they will slide and rub when you're sleeping. Even with a bandage in place, the pressure of a waistband can slow healing. Your best bet is to wear clothing without a waistband at all. Wear loose underwear and a bathrobe, or even a sundress.
Have someone else change your wound dressing.
While you may be able to reach and change your wound dressing, chances are you can't bend down quite enough to see the incision without putting some strain on it. So, if possible, have a friend or family member change your wound dressing — at least for the first week after surgery. They are likely to notice any worrisome changes in the incision before you do because they're able to see it more fully. Also, you may heal faster because you're not bending in the middle in an attempt to see the incision.
Choose softer and high-fiber foods.
Constipation is common after a tummy tuck. This is not because the surgery modifies the digestive tract in any way — it doesn't — but instead, because it can be hard to defecate after the abdominal procedure has left your muscles weak. To reduce straining, try to stick to a diet of soft foods and high-fiber foods. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and water-rich foods. Consider taking a fiber supplement, too.
Don't spend your whole recovery in one position.
While you may want to spend the first day or two lying down, you should then aim to change your position around more often while recovering. Sit up for a while, lie back for a while, and spend some time in a reclined position. This keeps your incision from healing too tightly and it also keeps your core muscles stronger as you recover.
With the tips above, you'll have a better recovery period from your tummy tuck procedure. Talk to your surgeon for more specific advice and information.