A tummy tuck can leave your abdominal area looking thinner and more toned, but the full results of your cosmetic surgery take several weeks before they are visible. Swelling, tenderness, and discomfort should be expected in the weeks after surgery. At Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery in Waukesha, WI, Dr. Tracy McCall will prescribe medications that will help you manage pain while you recover from surgery. We also provide other tips to help you deal with discomfort after tummy tuck surgery.
Patients have an important role to play during their recovery. The most important thing they can do is closely follow their recovery guidelines. A healthy recovery can ensure that patients do not experience undue pain. Following recovery guidelines also ensures that patients enjoy the cosmetic benefits of surgery.
You will be given prescription medications to manage discomfort after surgery. Dr. McCall and the team of Lake County Plastic and Hand Surgery have performed tummy tucks and other cosmetic procedures since 2001. Dr. McCall always keeps the comfort of patients in mind when prescribing medications.
Maintain Light Physical Activity
Light walking around the house and carrying out simple day-to-day tasks is important for healing. Light walking can also prevent the formation of blood clots.
Avoid Strenuous Physical Activity
Straining your midsection or lifting heavy objects can result in bodily injury and pain. If something does need to be moved or lifted, wait until someone can do it for you. Patients should generally wait several weeks before resuming strenuous activity. The best rule of thumb is to be patient and wait until Dr. McCall gives the green light before performing tasks that are physically demanding.
Cut Out Smoking
Smoking is known to disrupt healing by compromising the body’s immune system. Nicotine restricts blood vessels, which can make it hard for oxygen to reach areas of your body that are healing. Smoking can also result in prominent scars. To ensure that the healing process is not delayed, patients should cease using tobacco products while they are healing.
Avoid Foods and Medications that Can Cause Constipation
Anything that disrupts the digestive tract can put pressure on the abdominal region and cause discomfort or pain. Try eating foods that are high in fiber and drink plenty of fluids. Certain over-the-counter medications can cause constipation, so consult with Dr. McCall before taking any medications. If you do find yourself with symptoms of constipation, there are products that can relieve this issue.
Follow Your Recovery Guidelines
Dr. McCall will provide you with detailed verbal and written recovery instructions. This information will include directions on how and when to wear a compression garment and when to take medications like antibiotics. You will also be responsible for observing your incisions for signs of infection.
Discomfort is to be expected during the first several days after surgery, but any sudden spikes in pain should be reported to our office immediately.