What is Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery Like?

in Pensacola, FL

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery Like?

tummy tuck recovery

As surgical advancements continue to create new aesthetic possibilities, it’s no wonder plastic surgeries like the tummy tuck continue to skyrocket in popularity. However, there are many individuals out there still wary of taking the first steps because they are uncertain of the recovery process. At Shaddix Plastic Surgery, we understand recovery can feel daunting, but we don’t want that to stop you from achieving your goals. Instead, we are here to walk you through the entire tummy tuck process, so you don’t have to go into the surgery blind.

What is Tummy Tuck Surgery

The tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure designed to contour and flatten to stomach after changes in the body occur. This procedure simultaneously tightens abdominal muscles, removes excess skin, and contours your waist overall. There are a few variations of the tummy tuck, including the mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck, and extended tummy tuck. Understanding which tummy tuck is right for you requires a consultation with a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Shaddix—an experienced surgeon can help determine which procedure will best help you reach your goals.

Steps of the Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure

On the day of your operation, you will begin presurgical preparation with the Shaddix Plastic Surgery staff—make sure you have your ride home and time off work sorted before your arrival. You will then be placed under general anesthesia to ensure you are asleep throughout the process. Then, the appropriate incision will be made depending on the type of tummy tuck required. After the incisions are complete, the excess skin is lifted, and abdominal tissues are tightened. Any extra skin and fat will be trimmed off after the tightening, and Dr. Shaddix will ensure a natural positioning for your belly button.

What to Expect During Recovery

Tummy tucks are a major surgery, and as with any major surgery, you must follow your aftercare instructions to the letter. Nobody understands the tummy tuck process better than experienced board-certified plastic surgeons, so finding a reputable doctor with mastery over the operation can make a world of difference during your recovery.

Directly after your operation, you will be placed in an abdominal binder to reduce swelling and promote ideal healing. Drainage tubes may also be placed at the ends of the incision to remove any excess fluid and avoid fluid buildups. Once you awaken from general anesthesia and are cleared to go, you will need someone available to drive you home.

You will need a caretaker for several days since your range of movement will be limited. Meal prepping is also encouraged since your range of motion will still be limited after a few days have passed. Follow Dr. Shaddix’s incision care instructions, and make sure to sleep in an elevated position. You will need to take at least two weeks off work (possibly more if your job is intensive).

Long-term recovery can take up to a few months, but you should be able to return to your normal routine within two weeks. Once you return to your routine, make sure you continue caring for your incision as directed, and avoid smoking until at least 30 days after surgery.

Tips for Recovery

A positive recovery from any major surgery is vital to your health and the longevity of your results. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and avoiding strenuous activity are key steps most patients already know about. However, there are a few extra measures you can take at home to ensure a smooth and quick recovery:

  • Have a walker handy. You will experience lower back pain due to your body being bent at the waist during the early period. A walker will help alleviate some of the stress on your back.
  • Have milk of magnesia or magnesium citrate on hand. Pain medication and anesthesia will slow your bowels. Do not allow yourself to become constipated. If you have not had a bowel movement within 2-3 days of surgery, you will need to utilize a laxative.
  • A recliner or adjustable bed will make resting and getting up from a resting position easier.

Plenty of rest is vital, but staying stagnant can weaken your body’s circulation. You must take short walks every hour or two that you are awake to improve blood flow. Ultimately, you need to listen to your body during your recovery time—if you’re experiencing lingering pain, you may need to rest longer. Any severe or irregular symptoms should be reported to Dr. Shaddix.

Who To Trust for Comprehensive Care

The surgical journey isn’t just about operation day—preparation and recovery are just as vital, and having an expert in your corner can help ease your mind and bring you relief. Shaddix Plastic Surgery is here to offer comprehensive care to all our patients. From your first point of contact to the final check-up, our staff is dedicated to providing a welcoming and safe atmosphere that eases all your worries. If you want comprehensive care throughout your entire recovery, schedule a consultation with Shaddix Plastic Surgery.