Whenever we hear about a way to make our bodies or our faces look better, we immediately jump on the wagon of “YES! Get me that procedure right now,” without really thinking about what we are getting ourselves into. As an invasive yet routine procedure, tummy tucks (abdominoplasties) is a surgery that is known to give women back the abs that they once had. If you are considering a tummy tuck, understanding what the recovery process is like will hopefully help you make a more informed decision. Read on to learn more.
After your surgery, your doctor will place a drain at the incision site in order to drain any excess fluid so that it doesn’t cause infection. The drain shouldn’t be painful but may be a little bit uncomfortable. Luckily, your drain will only need to be in place for a few days after the surgery, as long as everything goes to plan.
Immediately after your surgery and for a few weeks into recovery, your doctor will wrap bandages around your abdomen in order to ensure that you don’t move too much or pull any muscles while in recovery. The bandages will also ensure that everything stays in place properly and that you don’t experience too much movement or pain.
Due to the fairly invasive nature of a tummy tuck procedure, you will be required to rest for a couple of days as your body works to heal. It is recommended that you take a few days off of work so that you can focus on recovery rather than on the stresses of your job. Also during this time, you will be required to rest from things like exercise and heavy lifting of any sort. So if you’ve been wanting to skip a day at the gym or get out of some house chores, then this is the perfect excuse to do so.
Tummy tuck surgeries don’t need to be scary and are a very common type of procedure. However, by understanding what the recovery process entails, you will be better able to make an informed decision as to whether or not it is the right procedure for you.
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