4 basic recovery tips following tummy tuck surgery

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You’ve tried all the fitness regimens out there to get rid of your belly fat and achieve a flatter and firmer waist.

And no matter how hard you try, nothing’s quite giving you the results you’re looking for.

If you’re eager to get back that flat stomach and invest in a whole new wardrobe, you may have considered tummy tuck surgery.

It’s a major decision – if achieving a flatter and more defined waist is your goal however (and you’re finding it difficult to achieve that through exercise alone), a tummy tuck might be what you need to lose that sagging skin and tighten those abdominal muscles.

Of course, just like any other surgery, it isn’t as simple as just going under the knife and walking away with a firmer, flatter stomach.

Many women overlook the tummy tuck recovery process.

Are you the right candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Tummy tuck surgery (also known as abdominoplasty) helps women of all ages achieve that toned, flat and more defined waist by removing fat and excess loose skin from the lower abdomen down to the belly button.

Abdominal muscles are then tightened, resulting in a flatter and firmer stomach.

How long your tummy tuck recovery takes will depend on you.

That’s why it’s so important to first determine whether or not you’re a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery.

We’ve talked about what makes an appropriate candidate for tummy tuck surgery before – if you’re looking for a recap however, a couple of things that suggest this procedure is for you:

  • You’re relatively fit
  • You follow a healthy diet
  • You have no plans of having children anymore
  • You’ve lost all the weight you can normally

All of these reduce the likelihood of complications, and by extension, can be signs that your recovery will be much smoother.

Of course, they’re only indicators – the only way to know for sure before starting down the road towards tummy tuck surgery is to contact Dr Isolde Hertess of Cairns Plastic Surgery. 

4 tummy tuck recovery tips

Your road to recovery depends on a couple of key conditions:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Health condition
  • Type of tummy tuck procedure (full or partial)
  • Post-surgery care

While your age can’t be changed, and modifying your weight takes a little effort, there are two things Cairns Plastic Surgery has a big impact on: the type of tummy tuck procedure you choose, and what you do during your post-surgery recovery. 

After the tummy tuck procedure, your plastic surgeon in Cairns will help you devise an individualised recovery program that aims to make your recovery from your tummy tuck procedure as seamless as possible.

Just remember that healing takes time, especially after something as dramatic as surgery. 

That’s why you need to prepare for the tummy tuck before and after, with a recovery plan that helps you get back into action as quickly and safely as possible – without rushing you.

You will need to carefully listen and take note of what your plastic surgeon and nurses recommend, including:

  • What medication to take afterwards
  • What you should and shouldn’t eat
  • Which physical activities you’ll need to avoid 
  • How to clean and care for your incisions
  • The amount of time you’ll need to spend resting
  • How to prevent infection and look after your health

The specifics will vary depending on your circumstances. However, there are a couple of things that, in our experience, can often help your recovery…

Eat a well-balanced diet

Even before and right after your tummy tuck surgery, you need to be mindful of the foods that you eat.

That’s because surgery can take a lot out of you – after the tummy tuck, you need to replenish all the nutrients in your body by following a proper diet.

Such a diet needs to include food that will help you speed up your recovery after a tummy tuck.

In particular, that means things that are rich in protein, vitamin C and calcium – all of which strengthen your immune system and help you fight back against potential infection.

Rest your body

Resting plays an important role for your recovery. That means no strenuous activity that might open your wound or negatively impact your recovery from tummy tuck surgery.

We get it, life needs to go on – that’s why we recommend you start planning early.

That means:

  • Making arrangements with work
  • Finding friends or relatives to run errands and do chores
  • Limiting the amount of physical activity you perform
  • Staying out of the gym until your surgeon gives you the all-clear

Some of these require arrangements to be made long in advance – that’s why it’s so important that you start thinking about these important things early.

tummy tuck before and after

Stay hydrated

Eating a proper diet is important – so is staying hydrated.

Staying hydrated by drinking lots of fluids helps your body flush out any toxins and reduce any risk of complications in the process.

Not to mention, dehydration is a common side-effect of tummy tuck surgery that many women report feeling. Drinking lots of water will help you in your recovery and reduce the effects of dehydration. 

Wear compression garments

Since swelling is a common – and often, painful – part of recovering from tummy tuck surgery, much of your plastic surgeon’s recommendations will revolve around minimising these feelings.

Like the name suggests, compression garments apply pressure to your stomach. This has a number of positive side-effects:

  • They help your stomach maintain its shape during the recovery phase
  • Improved blood circulation following surgery
  • Reducing muscle pain and post-surgery swelling

As part of your recovery plan, our plastic surgeons will prescribe a range of aids to help with your recovery – and that can include compression garments.

We suggest following your plastic surgeon’s advice and wearing these for as long as they tell you to!

Want to learn more about tummy tuck surgery?

Our team is more than happy to help!

Whether it’s questions about the recovery process that we weren’t able to answer today, or questions about the process itself, reach out to the nurses at Cairns Plastic surgery for a free, no-strings chat.

Deciding to undergo tummy tuck surgery is a major decision, and it shouldn’t be made lightly. It’s important that you go in fully-informed, with a clear idea of what to expect.

And that’s what the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery is here to help with you with! 

Dr Isolde Hertess has been performing all types of surgical procedures for 20 years, including hundreds of successful tummy tuck surgery procedures (see some of them for yourself at our tummy tuck before and after gallery).

Whether you chose a partial tummy tuck or a full one, the first thing we encourage you to do is to book a no-obligations chat with one of our nurses. 

Cairns Plastic Surgery is currently offering virtual consultations where we can discuss your needs via video chat from the comfort of your home.

Contact us on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in this enquiry form and we will get back to you immediately!