You should start wearing a compression garment after a tummy tuck surgery. The pressure applied by the compression garment prevents excessive edema accumulation. You should wear it throughout the day for about a week without removing it. After a week, you can continue wearing it for another 3 weeks during the day. You can consult our healthcare professionals before you stop using your compression garment completely.
Be active! The more active you are after your surgery, the faster you may complete your healing process. Your walking position should be tilted slightly forward for the first 5 – 7 days after surgery. This position will reduce the tension in your abdomen and give you comfort during your recovery process.
Keeping your head slightly upright when laying on your back and in ‘’Fetal Position’’ will prevent tension in the seam line. In general, our patients completely mobilize and are able to get back to their daily lives after a week. This recovery time depends on the number of plastic surgery operations you will undergo and your medical history.
You can take a shower on the 5th day after your tummy tuck operation. At the same time, you are welcome to start light exercises for 4 – 6 weeks after surgery. You may return to your normal routine from the 7th week under supervision.
Since the healing process varies from patient to patient, contact one of our healthcare professionals for more information.
More details to know after your post-op tummy tuck
- Sports: Most patients can start running 6 – 8 weeks after a tummy tuck surgery.
- Sexual Intercourse: After 4 weeks, you may continue with your sexual activities.
- Alcohol and Smoking: Avoid alcohol for 2 weeks after surgery and only after finishing to take your painkillers. Then, you may continue with your alcohol consumption. Do not smoke for at least 4 – 6 weeks during your recovery.
- Driving: When you are not on any medication, you can drive and maneuver the vehicle safely and comfortably. In general, this time frame is between 10 – 14 days after surgery.
Your nutrition intake habits are critical especially after your tummy tuck surgery as in any other plastic surgery. Weight gain or weight loss after surgery adversely affects the results of your medically successful plastic surgery.
After the surgery, it is very important to have a balanced diet in terms of vitamins, minerals, and protein. A balanced diet will help you to recover from fatigue and any other similar complaints that may occur after surgery in a short time.