A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the stomach. The procedure provides both practical and aesthetic benefits. It is a popular surgery for those who have difficulty getting rid of excess tummy fat even after much dieting and exercise. The saggy and loose skin can be caused by numerous conditions like pregnancy, heredity, age, prior surgery and extreme weight. Abdominoplasty helps restore a toned and lean midsection.
Because the procedure involves major surgery, tummy tuck recovery time is considerably longer when compared to other less invasive plastic surgery methods. The average tummy tuck recovery time is around one to three weeks. So to ensure an effective procedure, extensive and wide-ranging preoperative planning is necessary. Moreover, tummy tuck recovery needs to include very precise instructions from your physician that you must follow closely. On the same note, choosing a qualified surgeon that is board certified is imperative to the success of an abdominoplasty procedure.
Directly After Surgery
Generally, right after abdominoplasty surgery your abdomen will be sore and swollen for a few days. Additionally, there is usually pain that can be intense for about 24 hours right after surgery. Pain medication can be prescribed as needed from your surgeon. Every now and then, tummy tuck recovery involves an overnight stay in a hospital or ambulatory surgical facility. Pain medication can then be administered with a pain pump or intravenously.
As well, your physician will prescribe pain medications to be used after your release. However, it is best to consult with your surgeon about over-the-counter pain medications. Some are all right to take, but some are not recommended. To ensure that you know the difference, get written instructions on what you can and cannot take before or after your tummy tuck procedure.
The incision is protected with dressings and bandages. Your physician may also ask you to wear a support garment around your abdomen to minimize swelling. As well, a reinforced garment will help support your newly toned tummy while your incision is healing.
Drains or tubes are often used to remove blood or excess fluid. This type of procedure can be detailed with instructions about care by your physician. Also, prescribed antibiotics may be needed in order to prevent the risk of infection. Just make sure that you take the antibiotics as directed. As well, call your physician if you have a fever or the incision area is swelling or red. Generally, signs of an infection will appear within the first four to six weeks after surgery.
Keep in mind, this information is not intended as medical advice. If you have complications or any questions, seek the advice of a qualified professional as soon as possible.
Solomon Cosmetic Center
A tummy tuck is one of the popular cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. George Solomon at the Solomon Cosmetic Center in Tampa. The procedure is thorough and there are detailed instructions for a fast tummy tuck recovery. Not only is Dr. George Solomon exceedingly professional and board certified but he is highly recommended in the Tampa area. Renowned for his expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. George Solomon has over 19 years of experience in anti-aging and cosmetic procedures. In addition, he is recognized for minimal downtime in Tampa cosmetic surgery procedures performed under local anesthesia such as mini tummy tucks, tumescent liposuction, eye lifts, face lifts and smartlipo.
Moreover, Dr. George Solomon is a well-known international speaker and award-winning trainer. As well, he has received the Award of Excellence in Cosmetic Surgery Education and Hair Transplant Education.