A tummy tuck has the power to dramatically improve your figure. However, with the powerful change comes a significant recovery period. There is nothing more important to a successful recovery than a keen understanding of what is to come.
It Takes Time
A tummy tuck is one of the more invasive procedures Dr. Bonnor performs at his Katy practice and thus, requires a more substantial recovery period than other cosmetic surgery procedures. As a major surgery, a tummy tuck is not something that can be “squeezed” into a long weekend. After their tummy tuck, the majority of patients find that they typically need to dedicate at least two weeks to their recovery.
You Will Need Help
Many fail to realize just how much assistance they will need both immediately following their tummy tuck and in the weeks to come. Designate at least one person that you can rely on to help you as you heal from surgery. While you will need less help as your body continues to recover, having someone take charge of the things that you normally take care of is not only helpful, but will also allow you to relax knowing that things are well taken care of.
After a tummy tuck, your mobility will be very limited. Although it is important to take rest, gently moving around is very good for you. As soon as the next day, Dr. Bonnor encourages his patients to walk (it will be more like a shuffle) in order to get your blood moving. Keeping you agile, moving around will also prevent blood clots from forming. The key is to listen to your body and to never push your body to do more than it can handle.
It Will Likely Be Uncomfortable
Recovering from a tummy tuck can be uncomfortable. Just about every move we make requires us to use our abdominal muscles. Even basic movements like sitting, standing, and turning can be difficult as your abdominal wall heals. Dr. Bonnor will provide you with prescription medication to help with the pain. Fortunately, our patients find that they feel better and better each day.
Remember, the more prepared you are in advance, the smoother your recovery will go. Never hesitate to contact Texas Surgical Arts with any questions regarding your recovery from tummy tuck surgery.