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In order to achieve optimal abdominoplasty results, it’s important to select a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a highly skilled and experienced tummy tuck specialist and carefully follow all of his post-operative instructions.
Continue reading for 4 tips on how to prepare for tummy tuck recovery, promote proper healing, and maximize surgical outcomes.
Tummy Tuck Specialist Tips for Abdominoplasty
In the hands of a highly skilled and experienced tummy tuck specialist, abdominoplasty can produce dramatic results and transform your shape and improve your health.
That being said, it can take some time to appreciate final tummy tuck results.
Initially, the abdomen will be swollen, and incisions will be red and tender.
Over the next few weeks and months, swelling will gradually subside, and scars will gradually fade.
The improvement from tummy tuck is immediate, however it takes two-to-three months for most patients to have additional slimming of the waistline and sculpting of the mid-section.
Final outcomes are usually evident by six months, but some individuals can experience improvement for up to 12 months, due to weight loss and scar maturation.
After a tummy tuck, you will need to schedule time to rest and recover. This means asking a friend, spouse, or family member to help you with childcare and around the house for the first two weeks.
You may also need assistance with transportation, while you are taking pain medication and your incisions are healing.
Patients with desk jobs can typically return to work in one-to-two weeks. However, they should refrain from heavy lifting, reaching, exercising, and sex until they receive clearance their tummy tuck specialist.
Since you engage the abdominal wall for many movements, including sitting, standing, and laughing, you can expect to feel some discomfort and tenderness in the days after your tummy tuck.
You should set-up a comfortable place in your home to rest and recover and take pain medication as directed.
While a tummy tuck specialist sculpts and reshapes your abdomen in the OR, what you do afterwards can significantly impact your final outcomes.
To ensure you achieve the best results possible, it’s important to prioritize proper healing with a healthy diet and scar care.
You should also follow all of your surgeon’s post-treatment instructions, including limiting certain activities.
Schedule a Consultation with a Tummy Tuck Specialist
If you are considering an abdominoplasty, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shlomo Widder.