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Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Tummy Tuck: What to Expect from Recovery

The tummy tuck, also referred to as abdominoplasty, is a procedure that is carried out to make the abdomen leaner or to tighten one’s abdominal muscles. It is a surgical procedure that is mostly undertaken by people who have experienced massive weight loss or after pregnancy. A lot of people know when and how the procedure is undertaken, but they do not know what to expect after surgery. The following article gives you a glimpse of what is likely to happen after having a tummy tuck.

Recovery time

Although it is not as complex as heart surgery a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that needs to be treated with due seriousness. After the procedure is done, you will need about three to six months to make a full recovery. During this time, it is advisable to take time off work or to have the procedure done when you have vacation days. This will ensure that you have ample time to nurse the injury and make a full recovery.

No exercise

This is most common for people who have the procedure done specifically because they have sagging tissues as a result of weight loss. More often than not, people who have the procedure done after weight loss have had a strict workout routine. After the surgery, it is not advisable to participate in any strenuous activities because the wounds sustained during the surgery will take a while to heal. This is because there have been cases where the stitches come undone when people who have had a tummy tuck participate in any demanding activities which in turn leads to serious medical issues.

Abdominal binders

This is an important tip that anyone who is looking to have a tummy tuck should have. After the tummy tuck, you are likely to have a lot of bruising around the area where the procedure was done. This is because the tissues will not repair immediately after the surgery. During this time, it is recommended that one should consider wearing an abdominal binder. An abdominal binder is a garment that is used to provide support to the abdomen. It is wrapped around the area where the procedure took place. The reason why this garment is highly recommended is because it provides support to the abdominal muscles which takes off the pressure from the repaired abdominal tissues. The reduction in pressure will reduce the time taken for the wound to heal. It also comes highly recommended because it is instrumental in ensuring that the skin and abdominal muscles conform to their new shape after surgery.


Last but not least, you will need to pay closer attention to what you eat. In order to make a full recovery, the cells that were damaged during the surgery need to regenerate. For this to happen, one has to ensure that they eat a balanced diet at all times. This will enable them to have all the necessary nutrients and also to boost their general state of health which is ideal for recovery. One will also have to refrain from harmful habits such as excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking because they hinder the recovery process

In conclusion, a tummy tuck is a delicate surgical procedure. To be able to undergo it and make a full recovery depends on your lifestyle. There are a number of things that you may need to change immediately after the surgery. These changes are the things that will enable one to have a successful tummy tuck as well as a smooth and easy recovery after the surgery.

Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for tummy tucks Columbia MO has to offer.