Tummy tuck recovery

Published on October 19, 2012

Immediately following a tummy tuck procedure, expect your abdomen to feel very sore or tender. Any pain you feel can be controlled with pain relievers. Your doctor may also prescribe an antibiotic. Common side effects experienced by abdominoplasty patients include redness, bruising, and swelling. These effects of surgery usually subside in about one to three weeks as your body adjusts to the new contours and the incisions heal.

Tips to Reduce Swelling after Tummy Tuck Surgery

Swelling is among the most common side effects experienced by those who undergo abdominoplasty. Most swelling subsides within about three weeks following surgery, although it is possible for some residual swelling to continue for up to six months. While some degree of swelling is to be expected due to the nature of the surgery, persistent swelling can obscure the results of your tummy tuck. In order to enjoy your flatter stomach faster, here are a few tips to reduce swelling:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water as you recover
  • Maintain a healthy diet that is low in sodium
  • Get plenty of rest. Return to your daily life gradually, rather than a sudden jump in activity level
  • Gently massage the abdomen to encourage fluid circulation
  • Use ice or cold compresses if directed to do so
  • Wear the compression garment as instructed
  • Tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, as some can interfere with fluid balance
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