Recovery from your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Your doctor will let you know how long it will take before you can return to your normal activities after a tummy tuck in Virginia Beach. You will receive detailed instructions about aftercare including information about caring for drains if they have been placed, the normal symptoms you will experience and how to look out for any potential signs of complications.
How you will feel immediately after your procedure
You may wake up dizzy, nauseated and disoriented from your anesthesia. It will take a few hours for these symptoms to pass but some oral medicines may cause recurrence.
You may have to spend a night or two at the hospital depending on the extent of your surgery. If you leave the same day, somebody should drive you home.
Your abdomen will be sore and tender and you may require pain medication.
There will be a dressing on your incision site and you will be required to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. This reduces any swelling and offers support to your abdomen.
If you have traditional and not absorbable sutures, these will have to be removed in 7 to 14 days.
You will receive detailed instructions on changing bandages, showering and managing your drains if you have any.
Recovery after your tummy tuck
Your tummy tuck recovery may take up to 6 months; the first few days you must consider avoiding any complications and managing pain. After a few weeks, your priority will shift to regaining your mobility and fitness. It will take some months before you begin realizing the aesthetic results of your tummy tuck. Recovery varies for different individuals but here is what to usually expect:
The first few days post tummy tuck, you must rest. Any anti-inflammatory medicines must be avoided, so should smoking. Use of alcohol should also be avoided for the first 5 days.
At least for the first few days post-surgery, you should have somebody to help you around the house. For about 7-10 days, you must avoid any heavy lifting which means you must have help with the kids and household chores.
Stay on schedule with your medication to keep pain and discomfort in check.
Ensure you walk around slowly from the day after surgery to avoid swelling and blood clots in the legs.
Wearing your compression garment does not only help control swelling but also ensures that you are not left with any sagging skin after your tummy tuck surgery.