Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, is a procedure that tends to be performed more often in the months that precede summer. The reason requires no extensive explanation other than: who doesn’t want to look their best in minimal clothing and bathing suits? Dr. Lorenc is a sought-after plastic surgeon who discusses the extensive details of tummy tuck surgery with patients. It is our goal to ensure that each person knows what to expect, not only in terms of results, but also when it comes to post-surgical healing.
Let the Healing Begin!
Tummy tuck surgery involves the beautiful modification of the skin in the midsection, as well as the underlying abdominal muscles. While the procedure is performed meticulously, and recovery is not painful, care must be taken not to disrupt the surgical area.
You have specific permission to rest, so take this time to do just that. The days and weeks after your tummy tuck are reserved for you to help your body heal. This means:
- No lifting
- No exercise (we’ll touch on this in a bit)
- No chores
- No shopping
- No driving
- No cooking
After abdominoplasty, you may move around. In fact, short walks outside are very good for the healing process. That is the extent of your exercise routine, though. Too much movement can exacerbate swelling and soreness.
Relax and Rely
This may sound like the same thing as rest, but there is a difference. One of the biggest challenges after a surgical procedure can be the degree to which you will have to rely on others. Before your surgery, come to terms with this. If at all possible, you should not cook or clean or care for anyone but yourself; and as much as someone else can take care of feeding and tending to your needs, let it happen.
Relaxing into your new body takes time. Don’t push the attainment of the final result too quickly, this takes time. Post-surgical swelling gradually subsides over several weeks. Talk with your doctor about the best time to step back on the scale or shop for new clothes. Chances are it won’t be as soon as you may imagine.
Patience is necessary for a satisfactory outcome from abdominoplasty, and the more you prepare for your post-surgical healing, the better your experience will be. For a tummy tuck consultation, call (212) 472-2900.