If you’ve been preparing for tummy tuck surgery, your plastic surgeon has probably already educated you on the basics to ensure a safe, speedy recovery. No smoking, no intense workouts, and plenty of healthy, whole foods that can provide your body the nourishment it needs to recover in the healthiest way possible.
At the time of your surgery, your surgeon will provide you with a comprehensive set of post-operative instructions. But it also helps to know a few tips and tricks about recovery that might not be included in your aftercare program. If you haven’t made a tummy tuck appointment yet, request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn more about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery.
Here are four lesser-known tips about recovering from tummy tuck surgery that can help you get back to your everyday life even sooner than expected.
1. Laugh on the inside
Laughter might be the best medicine, but not for tummy tuck patients during the early stages of recovery. Since your abdominal muscles are tightened during the procedure, laughing can cause feelings of discomfort, as can movements such as coughing, sneezing, and shouting.
Before your procedure, encourage your closest friends and family not to purposely make you laugh, since doing so could interfere with the healing process. Television documentaries and serious novels might not be your favorite go-to genres, but they’ll help during tummy tuck recovery.
2. Stock up on recovery needs
Stock your home with everything you need so you don’t have to stress or worry about leaving the house while you’re trying to relax and recover. Purchase items you’ll need to care for your incision such as gauze and cotton undergarments, and consider having casseroles and other meals pre-made so you won’t have to cook standing in the kitchen for extended periods of time.
Also, make sure you have access to plenty of entertainment so you’re not too bored or restless during recovery. Compile books, magazines, shows, movies, and other activities to keep you busy and occupied.
3. Hold off on updating your wardrobe
While you might be excited about tossing or donating clothes that won’t complement your new post-surgery body, don’t get too ambitious just yet. Your body and midsection might be swollen after tummy tuck surgery, which means you’ll still need soft, oversized clothing that helps you stay comfortable. Be patient, and wait until you’re fully recovered before replacing your entire wardrobe. Plus, you’ll have shopping to look forward to later on!
4. Get help from friends and family
If you generally pride yourself on being independent and fully capable of taking care of yourself, it’s time to relax and let go -- at least during recovery. Certain activities will be too strenuous on your body, and increase the risk for setbacks. For example, you might need help toting laundry baskets up and down the stairs, or help with shopping for and carrying sacks of groceries. If you have children, you might feel too tired and worn out after surgery to retain your responsibilities as a parent.
Ask your friends and family for their help and support during your recovery, or hire temporary help, if needed. Don’t feel guilty about seeking help, since your body needs you to relax so it can recover in a safe, timely manner.
Monarch Plastic Surgery can help you get the smooth figure you’ve always wanted with tummy tuck surgery! Schedule a consultation today to learn how Monarch Plastic Surgery can help you achieve a smoother, slimmer figure.