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Top Tips For Tummy Tuck Recovery

Tummy tucks are an ever growing procedure being performed in the UK. It usually takes around 2 hours under a general anaesthetic and will take around 1-2 weeks to fully recover from the operation. Although, depending on whether that is convenient for you, there are now options such as a mini tummy tuck; this can be performed under local anaesthetic and will roughly take around an hour.

What are the benefits of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

  • Removal of excess abdominal skin
  • Flatter, tighter and more contoured abdomen
  • Boosted self confidence
  • Long lasting results
  • Elimination of stretch mark

So if they are the benefits, what are the best tips you need to know about the recovery process?

Here are the top tips for a fast and full recovery:

1. Walk around after your tummy tuck!

Physical activity is a no no, although one thing you will be encouraged to do, post surgery, is to walk! Yes, walking will help to prevent blood clots forming as well as easing the swelling. Small steps to start with and then more as the recovery progresses.

2. Drink plenty of water

Hydration is key! Water is one thing that is important after surgery to help to keep a regular rhythm as well as helping relieve bloating. It has also been shown to help keep the patient in a positive mood resulting in them feeling more hopeful for a swift recovery.

3. Sleeping Position

We all need a comfortable night’s sleep, although after tummy tuck surgery you do have to be careful! For a temporary period you would be asked by your surgeon to sleep in an inclined position, with your shoulders and head raised above your body, this ensures less strain on the abdominal areas. Pillows behind the knees and back can help take the pressure away from the lower abdominal wall incision line.

Most important of all is to make sure you go back for your follow up consultation! It’s a big part in your recovery process to discuss and show your surgeon the results of the surgery, as well as checking it is healing correctly.

At Bella Vou we have a huge specialised team of cosmetic surgeons who have performed countless tummy tuck procedures. So if you are after the contoured body that would make you feel like you again, then contact us to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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Last Updated: February 10, 2022

Published On: April 8, 2016

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