With bikini season quickly sneaking up on us, things are starting to get real. If you have loose skin around your abdomen that you just can’t seem to get to tighten up— no matter how many lotions and creams you try, then you may want to try a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck.
During a tummy tuck, Dr. Gary J. Price lifts and tightens the skin around the abdomen that has lost elasticity due to things either like extreme weight loss or pregnancy. As one of the most important parts of the process, a healthy recovery is critical to your surgical success. And although we will send you home with a detailed recovery pamphlet, let’s review three helpful tips.
Tip #1: Manage Your Expectations
One of the best things you can do when going into surgery and all the way through recover is to manage your expectations. Although you may want to get up and out of the house (or into a bikini) the first day following surgery, you should stay in bed and recover. If you have realistic expectations throughout the process, you will feel better about everything overall.
Tip #2: Rest Trumps Everything
The best thing you can do while you’re in recovery takes time out to rest. You should plan on taking about 1-2 weeks off of work to fully recover from surgery but during that time, make sure that you stay in bed and aren’t busy running errands or chasing kids around. Giving your body enough rest will help speed up your recovery and fight off infection.
Tip #3: Wear Your Compression Garment
If we send you home wearing a compression garment, don’t take it off as soon as you get home. Compression garments are designed to help ease swelling and make sure that your stitches stay in place. Make sure that you wear your compression garment for as long as Dr. Gary J. Price recommends.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time during your recovery process, don’t’ hesitate to give us a call. We are your number one resource throughout this entire process. Want to learn more about tummy tucks? Call us at (203) 453-6635 to schedule an appointment.