Making a successful recovery after abdominoplasty - Hourglass Tummy Tuck
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Making a successful recovery after abdominoplasty

Making a successful recovery after abdominoplasty

 

When it comes to undergoing plastic surgery such as abdominoplasty, the pre- and post-operative stages are just as important as the operation proper. In other words, even if the plastic surgeon is incredibly talented and experienced, if the patient is not committed to following the instructions of the plastic surgeon, there are no guarantees the procedure will be a success. 

Making a successful recovery after abdominoplasty is dependent on several factors. First and foremost, we need to talk about smoking. Smoking is one of the factors that can trigger severe complications after any type of surgery, especially one with the magnitude of a tummy tuck. Delayed wound healing, skin necrosis, wound opening, and other complications are more likely to develop in patients who smoke than patients who are smoke-free. Keep in mind that the success of your procedure is dependent on your ability to avoid smoking for a minimum of three weeks before and after plastic surgery.

Another important step for a successful recovery is wearing compression garments. After the procedure and before being moved to the recovery room, the patient will be dressed in compression garments or girdle. This girdle is mandatory to be worn for at least two weeks non-stop. This means that the patient should only take it off when having a shower and replace it with a clean one when getting dressed again. Compression garments minimize the swelling that occurs after a tummy tuck. Moreover, the results are improved when the patient is committed to wearing the girdle as per the doctor’s recommendations compared to patients who gave up on wearing the compression garments too soon after the procedure.

The patient is advised to avoid any type of pressure on the tummy for at least a few weeks to make a successful recovery. This means that during the first few days, the patient is not even allowed to walk with his back perfectly straight. The back should be slightly bent forward so as not to put pressure on the incisions. Sneezing, coughing, and even laughing are to be avoided during the first week to avoid the opening of the incisions and to make a successful recovery.

A balanced and healthy diet can also contribute to making a successful recovery. Patients should be aware of the fact that constipation can trigger real problems in the first few weeks, and certain foods and drinks are to be avoided at all costs. For example, due to the location of the incisions, patients are advised not to have any foods or drinks that can trigger bloating. Usually, we are talking about onions, cabbage, and cauliflower, but this can be different from patient to patient. Carbonated beverages are strictly contraindicated. 

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