A tummy tuck is a great procedure to help you achieve a firm, toned abdomen. Although the results are incredible, it is an extensive procedure that requires special care after treatment. To ensure that your tummy tuck recovery goes as smoothly as possible follow these 7 essential tips from Dr. Emily Pollard.
1. Take at least 2 weeks off of work
Downtime after surgery is essential to proper healing. Dr. Pollard recommends that patients take at least two weeks off of work – or more if they need it. If you return to work too soon, it can place stress on the body that interferes with recovery or may even cause injury. Taking adequate time off ensures you will be physically ready for whatever the workplace demands of you.
2. Prepare yourself to rest and be comfortable
Being comfortable while you rest and recover will make the process much easier on you and your body. Make sure you have plenty of pillows, and be gentle getting in and out of bed.
3. Have someone around to help
While recovering, your activities will be limited. For this reason, it can be great to have someone around to help you whenever you need it. Whether it’s for cooking, household chores, or helping you in and out of bed, having a second pair of hands can make recovery much easier.
4. Get some walking in
Although rest is essential while your body heals, light activity such as walking can be greatly beneficial to the body. This can help prevent blood clots and keep the body from getting stiff or tight.
5. Focus on good nutrition
Food is directly responsible for how your body performs, so eating healthy foods can help you heal faster and feel better during recovery. In addition to making good food choices, drinking lots of water is an absolute must!
6. Stop smoking
Smoking can limit blood flow and cause a number of health complications in regards to your procedure. It is necessary to stop smoking for several weeks before surgery, and abstain from it at least through the recovery period.
7. Listen to your surgeon
At the end of the day, your surgeon is the medical professional. Their specific rules and recommendations regarding your recovery should be strictly adhered to. Following their advice will ensure the smoothest recovery possible – and your body will thank you!
Feel Prepared for a Tummy Tuck?
Pollard Plastic Surgery offers tummy tucks to the men and women living in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, PA. To learn more about the procedure or schedule a consultation, contact Pollard Plastic Surgery.