Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is one of the most dramatic body contouring procedures out there. If you’ve felt self-conscious about your midsection due to a recent weight loss or pregnancy that has left you with excess skin you’d like removed, this is the procedure for you. Other than following your post-surgery instructions closely, here are some tips to ensure you have a speedy and safe recovery.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy
Hydration is key to a healthy body and this is especially true when you’re trying to recover from surgery. If you’re not used to drinking plenty of water, get started now. In addition to hydration, eating healthy is also vital to healing quickly. Before your surgery, make sure you have plenty of nutrient-rich foods in your home. Other than fruits and vegetables, make sure you’re enjoying foods high in protein as well as healthy fats.
Rest as Much as Possible
Sleep and rest are the best things you can give your body following a surgical procedure. Healing takes place while you sleep so make sure you have a designated space to rest and relax before your surgery to ensure you can focus on recovery and relaxation in this first few hours following surgery.
While you need to rest the first few days following your procedure, as soon as you feel up to it, we recommend walking. Try to walk about 20 to 30 minutes a day. This helps to get your blood flowing and circulating again.
Being realistic about your expectations following surgery is the key to enjoying your results. Though your recovery may be painful at times, remember that it’s part of the process. Be sure you’re following your post-op instructions closely. Also don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if anything seems amiss including unusual symptoms or excessive, unexpected pain.
We hope these tips help you to recover from your procedure quickly and completely. If you have any questions about abdominoplasty or any other procedure that we offer at the Plastic Surgery Center of Southern New England, call us today (508) 567-3202.