According to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were 160,077 abdominoplasty surgeries, or tummy tuck, in 2013. Whether you've lost a significant amount of weight, just had a baby or simply want to feel better about your appearance, it is vital to understand just how important it is to properly care for yourself after the procedure. Here are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind while you recover from your tummy tuck:
Do Take Extra Care of Yourself for the First Few Days after the Procedure
Caring for yourself properly during the first two to three days after the procedure is critical. Here are a few tips to help you prevent any injury during the first few critical days after the surgery:
Don't Ignore Your Surgical Drains
Near the end of your abdominoplasty, your doctor will insert plastic drainage tubes that will help prevent the buildup of fluid in your abdomen. These tubes are necessary and you will need to care for them properly until they are removed.
Your doctor will provide you with instructions to care for and empty the bulbs at the end of the drainage tubes. The bulbs will typically need to be emptied several times a day. In most cases, the bulbs are simply opened and you squeeze the contents into a small container.
It is important to measure the amount of liquid that you remove from the bulbs each time you empty them. In addition to measuring the liquid, it is important to watch for any changes in the color and odor of the liquid. If the liquid is tinged red or begins to smell foul, it is important to contact your physician immediately.
Avoid taking a bath while the drains are still present, and instead, cleanse the area with a mild, fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water.
According to the University of Missouri, drains are typically removed five to seven days after the surgery.
Do Watch Out for Potentially Dangerous Symptoms
Caring for yourself after a tummy tuck is very important, which includes watching out for signs of infection or another potentially dangerous complications. If you experience any of these symptoms it's important to contact your doctor immediately:
In addition, if you simply don't feel right or are worried the wound isn't healing properly, don't hesitate to contact your physician immediately.
You will experience pain and discomfort after your abdominoplasty, but it will all be worth it when you see the results. If you're considering abdominoplasty and are concerned about the aftercare, don't hesitate to contact a plastic surgeon, such as Renaissance Center For Facial & Body Sculpting, and discuss your questions and concerns.Share
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