Every patient’s decision to have a tummy tuck is unique. For example, some want to tighten up after pregnancy while others want to enhance the results of significant weight loss. But something all patients share is the desire to gather as much information as they can prior to surgery — especially information about what recovery looks like.
If you are planning your own tummy tuck, you are probably searching for recovery information. Here, Dr. A.J. Khalil shares his best tips for a comfortable tummy tuck recovery.
ENLIST THE HELP OF A LOVED ONE
Many of Dr. Khalil’s tummy tuck patients have told our team that it can be hard to move around the house for the first few days after surgery. They often need help getting up to go to the bathroom, prepare meals or change clothes.
If you will not have a significant other around to assist you, consider enlisting the help of a family member or friend for a few days. The extra pair of hands will come in handy. If you have kids, arrange for full-time childcare or have them stay at a relative’s house for a few days so you can concentrate on your healing.
ADJUST YOUR SLEEPING POSITION
If you usually sleep on your stomach or sides, you will need to adjust your sleep position right after tummy tuck so you do not put pressure or stress on your healing tissues.
You could sleep on your back in bed, surrounded by large body pillows to prevent you from flipping over while you doze. Alternatively, many patients find it easier to sleep in a recliner, with a slight forward bend at the waist and their feet and legs comfortably elevated.
PREP YOUR RECOVERY ZONE
The more you can do to prepare your sleep and recovery space before the actual recovery, the better.
Pick up prescriptions ahead of time and stock your recovery space with essentials such as facial wipes, tissues, water bottles, a phone charger and plenty of entertainment options. (Another recovery essential our patients swear by is stool softeners, as the pain medication can lead to constipation.)
Also, make sure the number to our office is easily accessible in case you need to reach Dr. Khalil.
GET UP AND GET MOVING
Regular movement is great for circulation during recovery — just be sure to keep it gentle. Jogging, biking, Orange Theory and yoga will have to wait until you have gotten further along in the healing process.
Every few hours, take short, slow walks around your house or up and down your block. This will reduce the risk of blood clots and keep swelling to a minimum. Dr. Khalil will eventually clear you to increase your activity level.
CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY
Want more information about recovering from tummy tuck surgery? Call our office or send us an email today.