Many people are under the mistaken belief that a tummy tuck is an all-inclusive procedure. While some hospital tummy tucks may be, the majority are not. Just because a surgeon has stitched you up does not mean that you can instantly bounce back and get on with your life. You will need to take it easy for a while until your body starts healing. This article will tell you exactly what you need to expect after a tummy tuck.
The first thing you will need to do is rest. Your body needs the least amount of motion possible during the healing process. Although you may be tempted to get back on your feet as soon as possible, this is definitely not the case. In fact, you will need to take it easy for a good while after your surgery.
This will not only help your body heal, but it will also prevent any complications from arising. Complications can include infection, seroma (an accumulation of fluid near the incision site), and excessive scarring. While these are all quite rare, they are all quite serious. Not to mention that they can all be quite painful.
The good news is that most of these complications can be avoided with proper rest and care. Still, it’s important to recognize the risks before you go under the knife. Remember, you are still at risk of infection until you show no signs of it. This means that you must keep your incisions clean and dry, wear loose-fitting clothing, and follow any instructions your surgeon gives you to care for your incisions. Otherwise, you may end up with a nasty infection that could affect your whole body.
A Few Days Of Preparation
The day of your surgery will come sooner than you think. You will have surgery, and then you will need to recover from that surgery. This will involve taking it easy and sticking to what your surgeon advises you to do. You will need to take painkillers and antibiotics, and you will also need to stay hydrated. Your surgeon may also advise you to drink alcohol or take certain supplements to improve your post-surgery healing process. Of course, these are all suggestions and nothing more. You must follow your surgeon’s instructions completely.
Your surgery will not be over in a jiffy, especially if you are staying in a hospital. Once your surgery is done, you will need to relax while your body heals. This may involve taking a painkiller or two, or maybe even three. Your surgery will not feel like it was all done at once, because it was not. Your surgeon will break it down into parts, then stitch you up again once the parts are all healed. This is to ensure that your body does not reject the new parts that were put in there. Still, even with this process, you will need at least a few days to recover.
Changes In Appearance
When your surgeon removed all that tummy fat, they also removed some of your skin with it. This is normal, because your skin is part of your fat layer. Still, this means that you will need to wear a loose-fitting shirt for a while after your surgery. Loose-fitting clothing will not only help your body heal, but it will also hide any incisions or scars that may arise from your surgery. You may also need to wear loose pants for the same reason. Your surgeon may also tell you to avoid direct exposure to the sun. This is because the sun’s rays are known to speed up the healing process, but it can also cause your incisions to become infected. You may also need to use sunblock and protective clothing if your surgeon advises you to do so.
As for the incisions themselves, they will start to fade after your surgery, and they will eventually disappear. Still, it will take some time for this to happen. The good news is that there is no set time for when this will happen. It will depend on how quickly your body heals. Fortunately, this varies from person to person. Some people’s bodies heal faster than others’, and this is completely normal. Just keep in mind that you will need to take it easy until your incisions are healed, then you can start moving around again as usual.
Changes In Behavior
Just because you had a tummy tuck does not mean that you will act any different than you did before your surgery. Still, there will be some changes in your behavior. Most notably, you will lose a lot of the blubber that you had stored around your middle. This means that you will become a lot thinner than you were before your surgery. You will also be very tired, because your body is still trying to heal from the operation. Still, as soon as your surgeon says it’s okay, you can get back to your usual routine.
This is normal behavior, and it’s something that you must get used to. Otherwise, you will feel very insecure about your new body, which can lead to emotional problems. This is why you must remember to stick to your surgeon’s instructions and get back on your feet as soon as possible. Sticking to these instructions will help you overcome any insecurities and get on with your life.
Changes In Health
Your health will also change after you had a tummy tuck. You will become more sensitive to infections, as your body’s natural defense system is still under a lot of strain. Still, you will be able to fight off these infections with proper antibiotics and painkillers. As for the specific reasons for this change, there are two main possibilities. First, as we mentioned earlier, your incisions will start to fade after your surgery. This will expose you to more infections, so it’s important to take this into consideration. Second, the scale of your fat layer will change. This means that your organs and other structures such as your lungs will be more visible, which makes you more at risk for complications. This is why it is important to wear loose clothing and not expose yourself to the sun. Still, these are not the only reasons for your increased health risks. There are many other factors that can increase your risks of complications, so be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully.
Once you are healed from your surgery, you will need to take it easy for a while until your body is back to its pre-surgery state. This means that you will need to avoid strenuous activity, which can cause your body to start breaking down the stitches. Thankfully, this process is not as painful as it could be, because your body is already under a lot of stress. Still, it’s good to know that this is a normal process and it will eventually happen. Just keep in mind that it will take some time for this to happen. Once this process is done, you will feel a lot lighter, because a lot of the weight that you had around your middle is no longer there. Still, you must take care of your incisions, as they can still become infected. This is why it is important to wash them regularly and keep them clean. Also, it is important to care for your body by wearing loose-fitting clothing and staying hydrated. This will help your body heal and it will keep all those nasty infections at bay. Still, it is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions and take it easy until you are recovered and feeling better than ever before.
Hopefully, this article has answered all of your questions about what happens after you have a tummy tuck. Still, if you have any other questions, be sure to ask them in the comments section below. We are always happy to help, and we wish you the best of luck on your road to recovery!