3 Tips For Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and fat and provides a lean, toned look. Tummy tuck surgery is especially appropriate for those who have gotten close to their goal weight through diet and exercise but find their stomach area stubbornly holding onto fat. A tummy tuck can lead to increased confidence and a renewed love for the way you look in new outfits and bathing suits. A tummy tuck is considered a major cosmetic procedure, however, so it's smart to know what to expect and how to have a smooth recovery. Here are three tips:

Plan to Take Time Off

Your surgeon will be able to advise you on how much time you'll need to recover based on the specific surgery you're having as well as your overall health, but in general, you should count on the total recovery taking several weeks or even a few months. That total recovery time shouldn't alarm you, though, since that is the time it will take for your muscles to be completely healed so that you can work out, go swimming, and travel without worries. You will likely feel your soreness go away and feel ready to return to work after a week or so. 

Arrange For Help

The first day or two after your tummy tuck will be the most serious, with you likely feeling very groggy from the surgery and needing to take pain medication. It's a great idea to ask a significant other, friend, or family member to drive you home from the surgery and stay with you for a couple of days to help with basic tasks like preparing meals. This will allow you to truly rest and recover from your surgery as safely as possible.

Eat a Nutrient-Rich Diet

In the days and weeks after your surgery, you can help your body heal faster and without complications by giving it all the nutrients it needs to recover. This doesn't have to be a strict diet. Instead, just think of food as a way to heal faster and add as many nutrient-dense foods as possible to your daily meals and snacks. Examples include leafy greens like spinach and kale in salads or smoothies, plenty of fresh fruit, lean proteins like salmon, and foods containing healthy fats like avocados and almonds.

Following these tummy tuck recovery tips will help ensure a safe and comfortable recovery with results you're thrilled with.