Personalized Care Helps Make Tummy Tuck Recovery Fast and Easy
For patients preparing to undergo cosmetic surgery, tummy tuck recovery can be a major concern. Fortunately, with proper planning and preparation, your tummy tuck could involve minimal discomfort and inflammation. By following the post-operative care instructions provided to you by Dr. Brian F. Burns, you should be able to enjoy a comfortable recovery and successful final results. At South Texas Plastic Surgery in Victoria, TX, we provide individualized care throughout the treatment process to ensure your complete satisfaction.
Your Tummy Tuck Evaluation
Before every type of body contouring procedure or facial plastic surgery, Dr. Burns will conduct a thorough examination. At your appointment, he can determine your candidacy for a tummy tuck. One of the most important considerations is your medical history. If you have a chronic health condition, particularly one that could impact healing, you may not qualify for surgery. Therefore, he will pay particular attention to autoimmune diseases, cancer, or past blood clots. Another important factor is your body weight. Tummy tucks are not weight loss procedures. Rather, they are designed to eliminate stretched or excess skin. In fact, they can be particularly beneficial after significant weight loss. Therefore, you should only undergo surgery if you are at or near your ideal weight, and it has been stable for some time. Finally, Dr. Burns will ask about any medications or supplements that you are taking. You will need to stop taking hormones, fish oil, and similar supplements at least two weeks prior to your procedure.
Your consultation will also allow Dr. Burns to plan your surgery in detail. There are several different techniques and incision patterns that he can use. He will choose the most appropriate methods according to your goals, body type, and skin quality.
Preparing for Your Tummy Tuck
Taking appropriate measures before your surgery can help ensure that your tummy tuck recovery is as easy as possible. To prepare for surgery, you should arrange to take time off from work. If you have a sedentary job, you may need to take only a week off; however, if your job has physical demands, you will likely require two to three weeks of rest. Additionally, you will need to find someone who can stay with you for a few days after your surgery. A friend or family member can help with daily tasks, meal preparation, and childcare, if applicable. Finally, you should stock up on supplies for your recovery. Be sure to buy bandages, ice packs, and plenty of healthy snacks. Lean proteins and produce can help give your body the nutrients it needs for successful healing.
Your recovery timeline will vary based on your body’s response and the extent of the surgery. Regardless, some inflammation, swelling, and bruising is normal immediately following surgery. Dr. Burns can provide a local anesthetic called Exparel® to help ease this discomfort for the first 72 hours. Compression bandages will further limit inflammation, and they can also help your skin heal smoothly against the new contours of your stomach. Dr. Burns may place surgical drains to help eliminate any fluid that accumulates. He will explain how to clean and change them, and they will be removed after a few days. During this initial period, Dr. Burns is available to answer questions and address concerns, even after normal business hours.
Tummy tucks are not weight loss procedures. You should only undergo surgery if you are at or near your ideal weight, and it has been stable for some time.
Immediately following your tummy tuck, you will need to get plenty of rest. However, this does not mean you will be completely bedridden. You should engage in light physical activity such as short walks to encourage healing and help to prevent blood clots. Dr. Burns will indicate when you can resume your regular exercise routine. In most cases, you can gradually return to cardio exercises in approximately six to eight weeks. It may be three months or more before you can add in high-impact activities, such as weight lifting.
Long-Term Healing and Results
Although most of your discomfort will fade in a few weeks, full recovery will take several months. Gradually, swelling will subside, allowing you to enjoy the exceptional results of your surgery. As your recovery moves forward, your stomach could appear much flatter and more toned. Further, you could enjoy a huge boost of self-confidence and enjoy the benefits that come from being able to show off your new body with pride.
Contact Us to Learn More
For more information and to find out how you can begin preparing for a tummy tuck, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery online today. You can also call (361) 576-1975 to speak to a member of our team.