If you have weakened abdominal muscles or sagging, loose skin along your midsection, a tummy tuck is an excellent way to tighten and strengthen this area. Considerable weight fluctuation, surgery, genes, and pregnancy can cause a sagging and protruding abdomen that exercise and diet fail to correct on their own. A tummy tuck procedure helps obtain your desired figure while boosting your body image at the same time. It removes excess, loose skin and fat and tightens weak fascia. A tummy tuck takes place in an outpatient surgical facility or hospital.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery done to improve the appearance and shape of the abdomen. The procedure tightens the abdominal wall muscles and removes extra skin and fat. Depending on the amount of fat and skin you would like removed, you can either receive a mini tummy tuck or a full tummy tuck. It takes time to arrive at your final decision, so educating yourself and analyzing your situation is essential.
What to Expect After Surgery
Post-tummy tuck recovery takes most people six to eight weeks. Normal post-op symptoms include
- Stiffness and tightness in the abdomen
- Redness, swelling, and bruising
- Skin firmness and lack of sensitivity or hypersensitivity
- An itchy feeling or shiny skin
- Asymmetry is where both sides of the body heal differently
As an outpatient procedure, you will go home the same day and will need to plan to have a relative or friend drive you home. Movement is limited during this time. When the anesthesia wears off, you will feel tired for a few hours. Follow post-surgical guidelines to minimize the risk of infection.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
Here are a few tips for a smooth recovery.
Have Someone Stay With You
Around-the-clock assistance will be very helpful for the first two days especially when dressing, lifting, or doing other small tasks.
Restrict movements as much as possible to keep from tearing the wound.
Avoid Partaking in Activities That Put a Strain on the Abdomen
Avoid any unnecessary movement and activity. You should not be doing any heavy, or even any moderate, lifting at this time. Instead, make goal-oriented movements, like using the bathroom.
Do Not Shower
It is important to keep the incision clean and dry for the first few days following surgery. To maintain personal hygiene you may bathe with body wipes or a sponge, and use dry shampoo to wash your hair.
Follow the Doctor’s Orders
Be sure to follow your doctor’s post-op recovery instructions to ensure fast and proper healing. Not following a doctor’s directions regarding antibiotics or anticoagulants causes them not to work properly and delays healing.
Wear Compression Garments
Wearing compression garments for about four weeks aids and supports optimal results by holding the treatment area in the correct position.
Clean the Drain Tubes
Thin, small tubes are placed in the incision to drain excess fluid. Make sure to clean them frequently to prevent fluid build-up.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to change the appearance of your midsection, a tummy tuck is a great option for improving your appearance and confidence. If you have any questions or concerns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bohley at Dr. Bohley Cosmetic Surgery by completing the online form.