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Tummy Tuck Aftercare

Posted on February 25, 2014 by: Dr. Rocheford

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin and restore weakened abdominal muscles to create smoother and firmer body contours. Next to liposuction and breast augmentation procedures, tummy tucks are among some of the most common plastic surgery procedures done today. If you are preparing for a tummy tuck, then consider this overview on tummy tuck aftercare:

Wear Your Compression Garments

Your plastic surgeon will place a compression garment around your midsection, or abdomen, immediately following your tummy tuck procedure in order to help your incision heal and allow your skin to adjust to your new body contours. It is important to wear this garment as instructed by your plastic surgeon, as it also helps reduce the likelihood of sagging skin and controls swelling during the healing process.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated after surgery helps to reduce swelling and boost the healing process, so the more water you drink, the better. It is also a good idea to avoid foods that are high in sodium, as salt forces your body to retain water.

Gently Massage the Area

While you will want to avoid directly touching your sutures, gently massaging your abdomen is a great way to encourage circulation. This not only reduces fluid retention, but it also allows blood to flow to the newly healing tissues.

Avoid Showering or Bathing

You will want to avoid taking a shower or bath or swimming until advised by your plastic surgeon. Consider taking a sponge bath instead to avoid getting your incision wet.

Take Time-Off

You will want to plan on taking at least one week off from work to allow your body sufficient time to heal. It is also a good idea to limit any strenuous activities or exercises that may injure your abdomen for the first six weeks following the procedure.

The best way to prepare for your tummy tuck is to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon. For the best tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and eye lid lifts in your area, contact Dr. Heather Rocheford at Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-968-1294.

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