Recovering one’s self from a tummy tuck surgery can be a bit time consuming and also challenging. One needs to be very patient and well prepared. Here are few tips to help you heal faster after the surgery.
Drink water and go for walks
Drink adequate amount of water. This would help you to flush out the toxins and also keep you hydrated throughout the day. Doctors generally advise to drink at least 2.5 liters of water in a day. Walk as much as you can as this would help to prevent blood clots and it also eases swelling. Initially take small strolls around the house and eventually go for an hour of brisk walk.
Maintain proper diet
Do wear girdle or wide binder as suggested by the doctor. Abdominal support binder’s helps in keeping you stay firm and prevent swelling. You must have a diet that is high in nutrition and also include loads of leafy vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C. It is necessary to avoid smoking and drinking.
Take all the prescribed medicine on time and also do a regular follow up with the doctor. If you see any abnormalities consult your doctor immediately.
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Rapid recovery after abdominoplasty
If you have a rapid recovery tummy tuck you should be starting back to exercise at two weeks and you should be able to lift your baby in a day or two since the recovery from a tummy tuck should not be more than a few days. You are not healed and you will not be back at the gym in two or three days but you should be able to get out for walks, go to dinner, drive and do light house work etc. This
The rapid recovery protocol also greatly reduces complications such as blood clots, wound healing problems and infection because it encourages increased blood supply to the healing areas.
This applies to all tummy tucks, even when there is extensive muscle repair or hernia repair.
I hope that helps.
Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon