The day after my hourglass tummy tuck
The day after my hourglass tummy tuck
The hourglass tummy tuck is a very sought-after procedure nowadays as it can considerably improve the appearance of the body and not just the abdominal area. The procedure is recommended for patients suffering from an excess of skin on of the lower part of the tummy but also adipose pockets on the tummy, flanks and small, narrow hips.
When the hourglass tummy tuck is performed, the plastic surgeon will perform liposuction on the tummy and the flanks to reduce the layer of fat in these areas. Then, an incision is performed on the suprapubic area, and the skin and fat are detached from the muscles that will be strengthened with sutures, if necessary. The belly button is repositioned if needed and the incisions are sutured after the skin has been re-draped over the abdominal muscles. Fat collected with the help of liposuction is processed and transferred to the hips in the last part of the procedure.
The patient is allowed to go home a few hours after waking up from the effects of the general anesthesia. The rest of the day should be spent mostly in bed to get as much sleep and rest possible.
The first day after the hourglass tummy tuck can be quite a challenge for some patients. The level of pain experienced is different from patient to patient, but the general recommendation is to make sure the pills are taken as recommended by the plastic surgeon. Also, antibiotics treatment should be started on that day, as per the doctor’s prescription.
Among the first things that will be considered challenging are getting off the bed without help and walking. This might sound funny, but the patient needs to adjust to a position with the upper part of the body slightly bent forward. This is an important instruction as it prevents too much pressure being applied on the incisions. Keeping your upper body slightly elevated when in bed will also make it more comfortable and easy to get out of bed by yourself.
Coughing and sneezing are to be avoided during this time as they can cause the opening of the incisions. Constipation is another thing that you might experience. Make sure to avoid it if possible as too much pressure on the incisions can cause their rupture. You can start eating solid foods but make sure you do it gradually and choose foods rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers and plenty of water. Clear soup, a piece of lean meat, yogurt, and one or two pieces of whole wheat bread is a good menu for the day. You can also add some steamed vegetables and fish, but make sure to choose foods that don’t bloat you or cause constipation as this is something we are trying to avoid the first day after the hourglass tummy tuck.
Even if the discomfort might be at high levels during this time, it is important to get out of bed and walk around the room every few hours to avoid the risk of blood clot formation.
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