There are many people who are considering getting a tummy tuck procedure so they can lose weight. Because of how serious they are with their interest, it’s no longer a surprise that they have already obtained the information they need for the procedure. However, it’s always good to know more about the procedure from people who have actually gone through the operation. With their experience, they are in the right position to give out tips to those looking for more encouragement whether or not they should go through with their tummy tuck procedure.
If you are one of the individuals who are considering getting a tummy tuck, it’s time you read real life tips from other people who have already gone through the operation. Here are a few that will help you understand the procedure and recovery period.
Before the Procedure
- Eat a light prior to your surgery.
Don’t consume any heavy food prior to your procedure.
- Have everything you need ready.
By this time, you have already made arrangements with your family on who will take you home and be with you as you are healing. You should also remember to be ready with all the medicine and food you need to recover from the procedure.
After the Procedure
- Take time to heal.
The common misconception is that a tummy tuck will be a fast procedure and will not require a lengthy recovery period. Unfortunately, the procedure takes time to heal and it really requires you to stay at home and stay in bed. Many will advise that you can take a leave from work for two weeks so you can recuperate from the operation. However, most individuals will recommend that you try to miss at least three to four weeks off of work so you can make a full recovery.
- You won’t lose weight right away.
Another misconception is that when you go through a tummy tuck, your stomach will look great right away. You’ll believe that you can wear new jeans that are a few inches smaller than your previous size. What most people fail to mention, however, is that after you go through a tummy tuck, you’ll encounter swelling. You may not be able to fit into your new clothes right away because of the water weight you’ll be amassing.
- Pick out comfortable clothes.
There are many women who are too excited to show off their new bodies once they finish recovering from the procedure. Unfortunately, you won’t get too comfortable wearing a pair of skinny jeans anytime soon. Instead of wearing tight fitting clothes, opt for ones that have a loose cut and will allow your stomach to breathe.
- It will hurt like hell.
Most people will tell you that you’ll experience a slight discomfort after your surgery. This is an understatement because a tummy tuck will be painful. Even when you perform simple actions like taking a deep breath, moving, laughing, crying, sneezing and other things; you’ll feel the pain. The best you can do is to lie on your bed and get a lot of rest.
- Have someone take care of you.
If you’re used to doing things for other people, a tummy tuck procedure may not feel right to you. This is because while you recuperate from the operation, you will need to have somebody else take care of you. You should not attempt to do anything during this period of time as you need to fully take time to heal from the operation. Even with the simplest of actions (like standing up), you’ll require someone to give you assistance. As such, you should have someone stay beside you while you are healing.
When you get advice from individuals who went through a tummy tuck procedure, you’ll tend to listen more to them since you know that they are speaking from experience. With these tips, you can make your recovery process a lot easier for yourself.
Dr. Gregory H. Croll is the owner of his own practice, and the leading doctor for tummy tucks in Columbia, MO.