Tips for Tummy Tuck Recovery

Those who are struggling with excess fat and loose skin surrounding their abdominal area often seek an abdominoplasty procedure from Fort Lauderdale and Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Wigoda. Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck” involves a horizontal incision in the desired area, then the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightening of the muscles to give you a flatter belly and narrower waist. Tummy tucks are very common for those seeking a smoother, firmer looking stomach.

For those who have achieved significant weight loss, given birth to multiple children, or wish to restore their midsection, Dr. Wigoda is here to help. Dr. Wigoda is a board certified plastic surgeon serving the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area. He meticulously performs tummy tuck surgeries that leave his patients feeling confident in their own skin again.

Dr. Wigoda and his staff will go over each phase of the surgical process during your consultation. With a combination of medical expertise and discussion with past patients, we’ve decided to share some commonly recommended tummy tuck recovery tips:

  • Eat light foods, high fiber for 3 to 5 days before. Get well hydrated the 2 days prior.
  • It is common to have some constipation after the procedure and you will feel better if your bowels aren’t full prior to surgery.
  • Discuss your medication regimen with Dr. Wigoda and his team before your surgery.
  • Avoid mixing alcohol or any prescription medications before and during your tummy tuck recovery.
  • Abstain from nicotine intake before and after your procedure.
  • Depending on the extent of your surgery, you will be asked to abstain from physical activity ranging from a few days to a week, or more.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, walking quickly, and walking long distances.
  • Exercise like weightlifting and running are to be avoided until Dr. Wigoda has given the okay.
  • Gauze pads help pad the incision area from discomfort. Maxi pads can serve the same purpose.
  • Avoid placing strain on your incisions.
  • A toilet seat booster can be of tremendous help in reducing the need to squat low onto a toilet seat.
  • Compression shorts may not be the most comfortable, but can be helpful with swelling and discomfort.
  • Sleeping with a bent waist and your legs elevated is like the position your body is in during tummy tuck operation.
  • Mimicking this position is most likely going to ease any sleep discomfort.
  • Maintain proper diet both before and after your tummy tuck recovery. Just because the fat has been removed, does not mean a healthy diet can be forgotten.

If you are interested in learning more about the tummy tuck recovery process, contact Dr. Wigoda’s team today for a free tummy tuck consultation.

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