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3 Things You Must Know After Getting A Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Compression Garments

Compression garments come in a wide range of sizes and styles. A good compression garment should be adjustable. They are usually made of breathable blends of spandex and other stretchable fabrics.

1A compression garment should stay in place and not fold or form rolls. A garment that folds or rolls can cut off circulation or exert too much pressure underneath the fold or roll.

As with any post-surgical requirements, the duration of use for a compression garment is highly dependent upon your own recovery and your doctor’s instructions. Larger, more invasive procedures will require a longer timeline for your compression garment and recovery in general. Typically, compression garments are worn for atleast 4 weeks after surgery. This will be discussed during the consultation process.

The benefits of compression garment are:

  1. To prevent leakage and help prevent complications like fluid accumulations or seromas.
  2. To provide support and comfort when properly fitted and are not overly tight.
  3. To reduced risk of skin irregularities. The compression garment improve skin adhesion and healing by exerting even pressure over the area.
  4. To improved circulation.
  5. To reduced risk of complications such as hematoma, seroma, or lymphedema.
  6. To reduced bruising and swelling.
  7. To prevent lumps and bumps forming in the recovery period.
  8. To lessen post-operative discomfort and improve overall healing experience.
It is imperative that you follow your surgeon’s instructions about the proper use of compression garments.

Wound Care and Scar Treatment

Wound care is usually performed by your plastic surgeon. Proper wound care is very crucial in your 1st 2 weeks following surgery to avoid infection. You will be instructed to keep your dressings clean and dry at all times.

2You are not allowed to get it wet and if its start to peel off, you are advised to contact your Coordinator or the hospital staff to get your dressings changed.

Tummy tuck scars are an inevitable part of tummy tuck surgery. Remember that your abdominoplasty scars will get worse before they get better. Your incision will heal, but scars go through a series of changes before they are completely healed and that can take months. In contrary to many other surgical scars they will be roughly at their worst in about 3 months after the procedure. It may take up to a year for your tummy tuck scars to flatten and fade. Most doctors take great care in placing the incisions well below the bikini lines so that they remain hidden.

Below are some helpful tips on how to take care your scars:

  1. Medical paper tape, or Steri-strips is recommended by many surgeons and is used directly after the surgery. Surgical tape has shown to improve scar appearance by stimulating wound healing thus aiding to tummy tuck surgery recovery. More specifically, it helps reduce tension on the wound and wound bed which is known to play a role in the formation of excessive scar tissue.
  2. Silicone dressings or strips is one of the effective scar therapy. Example of silicone sheets are ScarAway, Scar FX and Dimethicone.
  3. Bio-oil and Arnica are also recommended.

Post-Op Activities

Healing is a very subjective. Return to exercise depends on the amount of surgery performed, as each tummy tuck is different, and the rate at which the patient is able to recover.

3Initially after your surgery, you may be asked to walk around a little bit to help promote blood circulation. However bed rest will be advised in the first 24 hours following surgery. In the first few days after tummy tuck, breathing and circulatory exercises, upper limb exercises and sitting in an upright position in bed are recommended.

Tummy tuck patients may refrain from strenuous activities for six weeks and then gradually work up to full activity over 2-3 weeks. By 6-8 weeks you should be able to get back to your normal range of activity. It is best to double check this with your plastic surgeon as it will depend on your recovery.

Weight lifting can put a significant strain on the incisions and the sutures. It is wise to begin weight lifting slowly. Two to Three months is a fine time to start, but start slowly. Do less repetitions and less weight than you were used to doing. It is most important to let your body guide you.

Remember to ask your surgeon for advice before returning to any sport or activity.

2 thoughts on 3 Things You Must Know After Getting A Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • I like what this article mentions about the recovery timeline and how it should be treated with caution. It makes sense that you should gradually work up to full activity over a few weeks. My wife has been talking about getting the surgery and I’ll have to talk to her about what to expect with the recovery process and how she should take it slow to ensure the best results. Thanks for sharing!

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