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What You Need To Know About Your Tummy Tuck Recovery

Getting a tummy tuck or any surgery done isn't a big task but getting recovery from it is certainly huge. With this surgery, the excess skin from the abdominal area is cut off to leave a more defined look. It acts as anti-aging because it undoubtedly gives you more youthful skin and body.

It also provides various other benefits, some of which are as follows-

1. It helps you attain your tummy as it was before your pregnancy.

2. It provides you with a well-structured and flatter tummy.

3. It helps you get rid of the excess fat and skin.

4. Once you see yourself slim, it motivates you to stay the same.

Whatever could be the reason for this surgery, the best outcome is attained only when you follow certain precautions and instructions given by your surgeon. So, here are a few things that you need to know for quick and proper tummy tuck recovery.

      Duration for recovery

Recovery from a tummy tuck takes place in parts. The first part is the time when the attached surgical drains are removed from the body and it happens after one to two weeks. The patient can get back to work and involve in such activities that are not exhausting.

The next stage occurs after three to four weeks when the sutures are absorbed and the antibiotic glue is removed. The next stage is the final recovery stage when the patient is free from all the restrictions and precautions. So, overall it takes six to eight weeks to get recovered from the date of surgery.

      Importance of staying hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is the solution to lots of problems, including recovery from a tummy tuck. This helps in removing toxins from the body and hence, this leads to minimal chances of infections. One should not remain thirsty at any point in the day and drink at least two liters of water every day.

      Diet is equally important

You need to maintain a proper diet in order to recover from any problem. Ask your doctor for the whole diet chart and follow it religiously for the same. Generally, nutrients like vitamins, proteins, zinc, etc. are essential for recovering from any disease or surgery and the same thing goes for tummy tuck recovery. So, add to your diet fruits and vegetables rich in these nutrients.

      Listen to your cosmetic surgeon

No matter what happens, you need to listen to your doctor and follow their advice. They give you not only the diet plan but also a set of instructions like not bending much, not carrying heavy weight, applying certain ointments, the number of days to take rest and after which you can resume work and workouts, etc. Do take an appointment whenever you are asked to. This constant monitoring would help you prevent any sort of risk.

      Certain Do’s and Don’ts


1. Wear only those support compression garments which you are asked for, for the specified duration. Also, wear comfortable innerwear especially considering the area of the incision.

2. Avoid such activities that put a strain on your body like exercise, swimming, driving, and such things.

3. Say 'no' to junk food, smoking, and alcohol for the period specified because this delays the recovery procedure.

4. Take your medicines on time. Antibiotics help dry the wounds quickly which leads to better and quicker recovery.

5. Take a break from work, stay at home, and take rest for a couple of weeks.


1. You should not lie on the side for at least three weeks after the surgery. Asking your surgeon for the best positions for sleeping would help you.

2. Don't expect too much and have some realistic goals. It is a surgical procedure and it gives you a 'near perfect tummy' and not 'the perfect tummy'.

3. You don't have to be even near overexertion post-surgery. You can take short walks after some days and mild exercises after some weeks of surgery.

4. Don't be lazy; staying active is important in order to reduce the swelling and chances of getting blood clots but you need to be careful in your body movements.

5. Don't hesitate in asking any of your doubts or questions to your surgeon.

      The Final Words

So these were a few tips that you should follow in order to get a quicker recovery from the tummy tuck surgery. A few weeks after your surgery are very crucial. The care taken during this period helps you in the long run and any carelessness may harm you for a long.


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