After any major surgery, including your tummy tuck, you can expect to experience some swelling, bruising and mild discomfort while you recover. Although these side effects are usually normal parts of the healing process and generally subside on their own over time, these three tips may help to reduce swelling after a tummy tuck and make for a smoother recovery.
Wear Your Compression Garment
Your plastic surgeon will likely send you home with a special compression garment to wear for several weeks after your tummy tuck. It’s important that you follow his or her guidelines on how long to wear this garment to help with swelling and your recovery in general.
If a tummy tuck and breast procedure were part of a mommy makeover, your plastic surgeon will also likely ask you to wear a surgical bra before switching to a non-underwire sports bra.
Avoid Salty Foods
Eating too much salt can make you feel bloated and therefore contribute to post-surgical swelling. To avoid this complication, try to avoid very salty foods like pre-packaged meals, deli meats and soy sauce during your tummy tuck recovery.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet full of fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains is a great way to boost your body’s natural healing process.
A gentle post-tummy tuck lymphatic massage may also help with swelling, although you want to make sure you check with your plastic surgeon about how to do this properly and how soon after your tummy tuck you should start.