Your tummy (whether you are a new momma or a grand-momma) can definitely be a self-esteem deflater. If you are considering a tummy tuck to get rid of your jiggly, flabby tummy once and for all, your decision is an important one.
A tummy tuck is also known as an abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal area. A tummy tuck is major surgery; a full recovery may take months. That doesn’t mean that you can’t resume your normal activities or leave your house, but you may be surprised at your limitations. Driving is not encouraged for one to two weeks. So, it’s important to be prepared before your surgery to ensure that you experience an optimum recovery.
Everyone is unique, of course, and will recover from surgery in their own way and time.
But there are some things to consider and think about prior to and following your tummy tuck procedure:
- Prepare frozen meals and stock up on food. You need to eat well following surgery and having something already prepared will take the “what’s for dinner” pressure off of you.
- Clean your home before your surgery and arrange for someone to help you keep it clean when you return. It is important that you do not over do it.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Take care of yourself and don’t neglect your mental health. Take those earned vacation days, rest, read and allow your body to heal.
- Arrange for child care, if possible.
- Avoid lifting, vacuuming and heavy work-outs.
- Stay hydrated. Water is essential as your body heals from surgery.
- Take advantage of spending time in your PJ’s or sweats.
- You may be able to resume your normal activities after about four weeks, but listen to the advice of your surgeon – you will be advised you when you can resume your usual exercise regimen and which exercises are appropriate.
Do you have questions or concerns about tummy tuck surgery?
Call and make an appointment with Dr. Silverman, today: (619) 965-9500.