If you’ve decided to have a tummy tuck, you may have some uncertainty about what the recovery period will be like. How well and quickly your body heals can be affected by how you plan ahead before your surgery and what you do after surgery. Here are some tips to help ensure you have the speediest, most comfortable recovery possible.
1. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Staying well-hydrated dramatically improves your body’s ability to heal itself and flush out excess fluid and toxins. After your tummy tuck, drink plenty of water and other fluids like fruit juices or herbal teas, but skip dehydrating sodas and caffeinated beverages.
2. Take Gentle Walks
With your doctor’s permission, consider taking short walks after surgery to speed up your recovery. A reasonable amount of mild physical activity can enhance the body’s healing process by reducing swelling and helping to expel excess fluid. Just be careful not to push yourself too hard too soon, and tell your doctor if you experience any unusual pain or discomfort.
3. Plan Ahead and Avoid Stress
The more you rest and relax, the faster your body can heal and recover from your surgery. Plan ahead and enlist the help of family and friends to help care for children and pets and take stressful obligations off your to-do list. Stock your freezer with easy meals and arrange for someone to take care of daily duties, such as cleaning and laundry, so you can focus on relaxing and recovering.
4. Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Before your tummy tuck, your surgeon will give you instructions on pain relievers, rest and how much activity is acceptable after your procedure. Following your surgeon’s post-op instructions is imperative for you to heal properly and get the best results.