Preparing for tummy tuck ahead of time can drastically increase your chances of a successful surgery. Planning for the recovery process ahead of time is also essential to obtain long-lasting, beautiful results. In this blog post, Dr. Donald Hause of Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery offers important tips to keep in mind for tummy tuck recovery.
Anticipate being off your feet for the first few days after surgery. Lifting anything heavy, including young children and pets, is off limits. Arrange for someone to stay with you to assist with chores, children and pets. Having a helping hand around the house will allow you to focus on healing properly.
Prepare Your Recovery Station
Following surgery, you won’t have the physical mobility nor the energy to run to the store and pick up any necessary items. Go shopping and prepare your bedroom or living room ahead of time. Buy easy-to-prepare meals, bottled water, ice packs and other essentials you anticipate needing. Lay out some outfits that are easy to put on and take off. Have plenty of comfortable pillows and blankets on your bed or couch.
Take Medication as Prescribed
To alleviate discomfort, Dr. Hause will prescribe medication for you to take after surgery. Avoid taking any over-the-counter medicine or painkillers without consulting Dr. Hause first. Be sure to pick up your prescription medicine before your procedure, so it is ready for you to take once you get home from surgery.
Attend Follow-Up Appointments
Everyone heals at their own pace, which is why follow-up appointments with Dr. Hause are important. Dr. Hause will monitor your healing progress and determine when you are ready to return to your normal routine. Be sure to let the doctor know about any pain or discomfort you may feel. Based on your healing progress, Dr. Hause may prescribe additional pain medication or recommend more recovery time.
Tummy tuck, including the recovery process, can be an emotional experience. Not being able to perform everyday tasks like lifting your children can be frustrating, while seeing your body swollen or bruised can be disheartening. These feelings are normal, but remember to remind yourself to stay positive. The swelling and bruising is temporary, and in a matter of weeks you will be free to enjoy your flatter, toned abdomen.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Hause and his dedicated staff at Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery are available to answer your questions before and after your surgery. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at any moment. To speak to a member of our team, please call (916) 646-6869 today.