The post-operative period of abdominoplasty requires a lot of rest during the first 10 days and full recovery takes approximately 2 months. However, some people do the tummy tuck and liposuction of the abdomen or mammoplasty at the same time, the recovery a little more time-consuming and painful.
After discharge from the clinic, the activities of the day-to-day life can be resumed gradually since they don’t cause any pain or discomfort. However, it is important to have some care as to sleep on the top floor with the trunk curved, and not take the strap up to the indication of the doctor to avoid possible complications, such as the opening of the points or infection.
The main questions after the tummy tuck
After surgery it is normal to be hospitalized in the clinic for about 2 to 4 days and, generally, after the surgery you need to use:
- Drain, which is a container to make a drainage of blood and fluid accumulated in the body, usually removed before discharge. However, in case you have high and bring the drain home, see how to handle thedrain.
- Modeling girdle,to protect the stomach and prevent the build-up of liquid, which must remain 1 week without take;
- Compression stockingsto prevent the formation of clots, and that should only be taken to take a shower.
In addition, the post-operative period of abdominoplasty requires special care with posture, eating, dressing, and physical activity.
1. How to sleep
After a surgery the abdomen is fundamental to sleep with the belly up, leaning back and with legs bent, avoiding sleeping on your side or tummy, not to press the abdomen not hurt the scar.
If you have in the house a bed should elevate the part of the trunk and of the legs, however, in a normal bed you can put pads semi-stiff in the back, helping to lift the trunk, and under the knees to raise the legs. You should maintain this position for at least 15 days or until you stop feeling discomfort.
2. The best position for walking
To the floor, one should bend the trunk, leaning back and resting his hands on the belly as if you were holding back, because this position gives greater comfort and relieves pain and should be kept during the first 15 days or until it ceases to feel pain.
In addition, when sitting, you should opt for a chair, avoiding the seats, touching fully, and by supporting the feet on the ground.
3. When you take a shower
After the plastic surgery is placed a band model that should never be taken for 8 days, so during this period you can take a bath in the shower.
However, to maintain the hygiene minimum, you can wash the body partially with a sponge, asking for the help of a family member to not make the effort.
4. When you take the strap, and compression stockings
The strap can not be taken for about 8 days, not even to shower or sleep, since it is placed to compress the abdomen, to give comfort, ease of movement, avoiding complications such as seroma, which is the accumulation of fluid along the scar.
After a week, as if you can take the strap to take a shower or do the scar treatment, returning to place it and using it during the day, for at least 45 days after the tummy tuck.
Compression stockings should only be removed when you move around and walk normally, which usually happens when resuming the activities of the day-to-day.
5. How to relieve the pain
After abdominoplasty it is normal to feel pain in the belly due to the surgery and pain in the back, since it passes some days, always lying in the same position.
To relieve the pain of the abdomen it is essential to take the medicines prescribed by the doctor, such as Paracetamol, complying with the amounts and times indicated. At the time of evacuating the pain may increase and, therefore, to facilitate the trips to the bathroom, you can take the supplements to the base fiber, such as Benefiber.
In addition, to treat the pain in the bottom of the back, you can ask a family member for a massage with a cream relaxing or putting cloths in hot water to lower the voltage.
6. When changing the bandage and take the points
The bandage should be replaced according to the indication of the doctor, which is usually at the end of 4 days, but the points are only removed after 8 days by the doctor who did the surgery.
However, if the dressing is blood-stained or of a liquid yellow one should go to the doctor before the day indicated.
7. When you do physical exercise
Exercise is very important to prevent the formation of clots, therefore, recommended to move the legs and feet of 2 in 2 hours, in addition to massaging the legs in the morning and at night. In case if you are able to walk without pain, you should walk several times per day, slowly, with comfortable clothes and using tennis.
However, the return to the academy should only be done 1 month after surgery, and should begin by walking, cycling or swimming. Weight training or abdominal exercises are only released after 2 to 3 months, or when you do not feel any pain or discomfort.
8. How should be the power
After the plastic surgery to the abdomen you should:
- Stay 4 hours without eatingor drinking to prevent nausea and vomiting, since the effort to puke may open the scar;
- 5 hours after surgery you can eat toast or bread and drink tea, if you have not been vomiting;
- 8 hours after surgery you can eat the broth, sopa coada, drink tea, and bread.
On the day following the surgery you should maintain a light diet, opting for foods cooked or grilled without sauces or condiments.
In addition, it is essential to drink plenty of water or tea and eat fruits and vegetables to avoid constipation, which increases pain in the abdomen.
When you go to the doctor
It is advised to consult the doctor or go in the urgency of the hospital when arise:
- Difficulty breathing;
- Fever greater than 38ºC;
- Pain that does not go with the painkillers given by a doctor;
- Stains of blood or other fluid in the bandage;
- Intense pain in the scar or stench;
- Signs of infection such as the region warm, swollen, reddish and painful;
- Excessive fatigue.
In these cases it is important to consult a doctor, as you may be developing an infection in the scar, a pulmonary embolism or a anemia, for example, it may be necessary to start the treatment for the problem.
In addition, in the first months after abdominoplasty may be necessary to resort to other aesthetic treatments, such as lipocavitação or liposuction to improve the results, if you have been any imperfection.