The name tummy tuck doesn’t really do the abdominoplasty procedure justice. Tummy tuck seems almost too casual for a procedure that can provide you with incredible results, both in how you look and how you feel.
There are a few things that you should be aware of before you have a tummy tuck, with a little bit of planning your recovery can be a lot smoother.
1. Your recovery will take time
Your very own tummy tuck specialist will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the recovery period from your tummy tuck. It is important that you understand that the recovery time can take between 2 to 4 weeks. You will have more than one follow up appointment throughout your recovery period to make sure that you’re on track and recovering well.
2. Don’t look for an instant improvement
You will not wake up the day after the tummy tuck and have the waistline you were hoping for right away. You should only think about measuring yourself after you have fully recovered and the swelling has gone down. Once you have fully recovered you can start to think about looking in a mirror to see what your new tummy will look like.
3. You shouldn’t do this alone
You won’t be able to jump around and do your usual chores and food prep for at least the first few days following your tummy tuck. This is due to the muscle and skin that is tight following the surgery. You need to plan to have someone with you who can help for the first few days after your abdominoplasty. You might owe them a big favour afterwards, but it will be absolutely worth it in the end.
4. Watch out for the kids
You should prepare your children to understand that they will need to be gentle with you for a couple of weeks. How easy this will be will depend entirely on how old they are. If you have very young children, then you may want to ask someone to help you with them for at least 2-3 weeks or until you are feeling up to it. Rest and relaxation are very important for a healthy recovery.
5. Prepare a recovery zone
This can be your bed, a reclining chair or a couch stuffed with many cushions. Wherever you choose to spend your recovery, it should be as comfortable as possible. You should plan to have everything you need within arms reach. This could include books, magazines, prescriptions and of course, the tv remote. You may have to experiment with a few different arrangements of pillows until you find the one that you like the most. This preparation will 100% be worth it when you start your recovery.
6. Movies and TV
Think about planning a list of movies and tv to watch, and maybe more crucially, some entertainment that you should avoid. If there is a show that you find hysterically funny, you should consider giving that one a miss. You should give your tummy some time to heal before you start laughing a great deal. Also if your partner is quick with a joke, you may want to ask him to tone it down for a few days.
7. Showering won’t be easy
As you will not be able to stand up straight in the early days of your tummy tuck recovery, showing will not be particularly comfortable. You can always have a friend help to wash you, or even wash in the sink for a couple of days. If you have a sit-down shower, then that is ideal too.