Are you considering abdominoplasty and wondering what to expect from the recovery process? If you’re like most patients you’ll want to know the level of pain and discomfort you may have, how long recovery will take, and how best to prepare for recovery.
Although your surgeon can give you some helpful guidelines for a smooth recovery after a tummy tuck, it’s important to understand that recovery is different for each patient. Factors such as age, general health, and the type of tummy tuck performed, can all impact recovery after abdominoplasty.
What To Expect After An Abdominoplasty?
You can expect to experience some discomfort in the first few days after abdominoplasty. The abdomen will be swollen and sore and the skin will feel numb. It’s therefore essential to get as much rest as possible to ensure you heal properly.
Although you may feel tired and sore, try to walk a little each day, as this will help circulation and prevent blood clots from forming. It will be several weeks before you get back to normal, so it’s important not to rush the healing process, or you could end up delaying recovery.
If you can, arrange to have a family member or friend help out with chores for a few days. Most patients are able to return to work 2-3 weeks after abdominoplasty. It’s essential to avoid lifting anything that would cause you to strain, and refrain from all strenuous activities for at least 6 weeks.
Eating healthy foods after abdominoplasty will help to prevent complications and keep your recovery on track.
Keeping all follow-up appointments with your surgeon and carefully following recovery guidelines, will lower the risk of post-surgical complications.
Would you like to learn more about recovery after abdominoplasty? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the Boca Raton FL area, contact Dr. Cristina Keusch of the Plastic Surgery Center for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Keusch at www.drkeusch.com or by calling (561) 529-9066.