If you’re interested in undergoing a tummy tuck procedure (also known as an abdominoplasty), it’s important to prepare yourself for the most successful recovery possible. After all, a tummy tuck is a major abdominal procedure; that means you’ll need plenty of time to recover, as rest and proper care is vital.
In general, most patients need about six weeks of intensive recovery before they can start performing normal activities after a tummy tuck. During this time, you’ll have regular visits with your plastic surgeon to determine when you’re ready to undergo certain activities, like bending at the waist or doing intensive exercises. In general, here’s how to ensure you’re ready for normal activities after your six weeks of recovery:
- Get as much support at home as possible. During your first few weeks of recovery, it’s important to avoid bending over at the waist or picking up objects off the ground. For example, if you have infants or small children, you won’t be able to pick them up. That’s why it’s important to have a supportive partner or family members helping you with children – or professional at-home care!
- Ensure that you wear your abdominal garment for the entire six weeks. This garment will help reduce swelling, as well as expedite the healing process.
- Follow any special diet that your plastic surgeon assigns to you. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you get plenty of fluids during your recovery period so you don’t risk dehydration.
To learn more about what you can expect from the tummy tuck process – including how you can have the most successful recovery possible – schedule a consultation with Dr. Kyle Song at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. Call 949-701-4454 or fill out the form on this page!
Song Plastic Surgery serves the greater Orange County area.