Knowing what to expect from your tummy tuck surgery is key in achieving beautiful, successful results. It can also help relieve any nerves or stress you may be feeling prior to your procedure. In this blog post, Baltimore plastic surgeon Dr. Schuster shares a few essential things you should know about tummy tuck surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery is Not Weight Loss Surgery
It is important to understand exactly what tummy tuck surgery achieves. For example, this procedure is not the appropriate choice for those seeking to lose weight or reduce body mass. Instead, tummy tuck surgery is a body contouring procedure designed to eliminate excess, sagging skin that hangs on the abdominal area. Many patients seek tummy tuck surgery to remove drooping skin left over from weight loss surgery or exercise and diet.
Make Sure to Arrange for Help
You will need to take anywhere from one week to two weeks off from your work or normal routine. The first week after surgery may be especially challenging since you will have a limited amount of energy. Dr. Schuster recommends enlisting help from a loved one to assist you with chores, errands and, if necessary, any children and/or pets. This will allow you to focus more on getting plenty of rest.
Prepare Your Home for Recovery
Preparing your home for recovery will help you avoid putting strain on your body. Have plenty of pillows on your bed, as well as clean bed sheets and clothes to avoid doing laundry. Stock up on recovery essentials such as ice packs, heating pads and frozen dinners. If you prefer homemade foods, cook your meals before your surgery.
Full Healing Takes up to a Year
While the initial recovery period takes about one to two weeks, your body will continue to heal in the next several weeks and months. Most swelling, pain and postoperative fatigue will go away during the first six weeks. You will notice an improvement in your shape and appearance within the first few days after surgery, but your results will continue to change and improve over the course of the first year.
The Surgical Experience can be Emotional
Recovering from any operation can be an emotional experience. Watching your body heal and not being able to do the simplest tasks (i.e., showering and picking up your young children) can cause a range of emotions. Having the support of loved ones can help you manage your emotions.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, including the procedure itself, schedule a consultation today. Dr. Ronald H. Schuster will gladly listen to all of your concerns and answer all of your questions. Please call our Baltimore office today at (410) 902-9800.