How to Best Recover from a Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck surgery, or most commonly known as abdominoplasty in the medical field, is a surgery that involves removing excess skin, tissue, and even sometimes fat from the abdominal region, in order to give patients a more taut looking tummy. Whether you want to get a tummy tuck done because of recent weight loss, age, or the aftermath of pregnancy, it’s important to know what to expect during recovery. Read on to learn more.
Rest, Rest, Rest
If you’re an active type of person who simply can’t seem to sit still even when on vacation, this step in the recovery process may be difficult for you to swallow. However, just as it’s important for your body to rest in order to recover from a cold or the flu, it’s equally as important for your body to rest after having a tummy tuck done. An ample amount of rest will help your body’s cells to recover from the surgery and will also help to ensure that you don’t receive any type of infection.
During your first few weeks of recovery, Dr. David K. Funt will likely recommend that you refrain from any sort of intense workouts. For instance, if you are a frequent gym goer or if you are into high-intensity workouts like crossfit, you will have to take a break from those as your abdominal muscles recover from surgery. However, after a few days of rest, Dr. David K. Funt will likely suggest that you do something light like go for a walk around the neighborhood. Remember that not only are your abdominal muscles healing during recovery but that your incision site is healing as well— the last thing you want to do is have your incision site open just because you couldn’t miss a day at the gym.
Wear a Belly Band
Directly after surgery and for a few days during recovery, Dr. David K. Funt will likely recommend that you wear a belly band or belly wrap in order to keep all of your stomach muscles in place. Although these bands might constrict you from certain movements, they are important in ensuring that your body heals properly.
To learn more about tummy tuck recovery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. David K. Funt, contact our office today!