A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that can improve the shape of your abdomen by removing excess fat and tightening the abdominal muscles.
Excess, sagging skin around the stomach can be caused by a variety of reasons including pregnancy, weight loss and the natural ageing process. This sagging can’t be banished through exercise or non-invasive treatments.
If you are considering having a tummy tuck at Pall Mall, then please read over our top tips to help you recover as quickly and healthily as possible.
Keep an eye on your wounds
The first, and probably most important part of tummy tuck recovery, is to ensure your wounds are clean and dry.
Aim to leave the wound dry for around a week, then once you’ve had your post-surgery check up your surgeon will be able to advise when you are able to get it wet.
Keeping the wound clean is really important – your surgeon will be able to advise you on the necessary measures needed to ensure your wound is kept clean.
As you begin cleaning your wound or changing dressings be sure to have a good look at the wound. Identify any changes or issues that may need to be highlighted to your surgeon.
Get plenty of rest
Rest is an essential part of any surgery recovery but especially following tummy tuck surgery. Your body is still likely to be experience effects of general anaesthetic which can leave you with fatigue.
Make sure you aren’t depriving your body of the rest it needs to recover and listen to your body if you feel like you are doing too much too soon.
Only exercise when it’s safe to do so
You may not think it, but exercise is a great way to help aid a healthy tummy tuck recovery. You should avoid excessive straining for the first week after the procedure.
Light exercise is usually encouraged one-week post-surgery and generally includes gentle walking. Please ensure you speak to your surgeon before starting to participate in light exercise.
After around four to six weeks, and with the nod from your surgeon, you should be able to start exercising again like normal.
Maintain a balanced diet
A healthy and balanced diet is essential to any recovery. Make sure you are consuming plenty of protein, healthy fats and antioxidants to promote healing.
If you know of any foods that cause you to bloat it would be best to try and avoid them for the first few weeks’ post-surgery.
If you are post tummy tuck surgery and have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Patient Coordinator who will be happy to answer them.