Will this cause me discomfort in performing my daily activities?
How do I use the restroom?
What if the binder comes loose?
How do I sleep?
There are a lot of questions surrounding a tummy tuck procedure that most people are concerned with. This procedure is not exactly a surgery because it involves manipulation and contouring of the skin.
In fact, the procedure is exactly what its name says. You get to tighten all that loose skin around your abdomen and get a great looking body. A tummy tuck procedure is quite daunting. However it is a more permanent solution as compared to liposuction.
To help you ease the pain, we have come up with five tips that will help you recover faster:
1. Wearing a Squeem Will Cause less Discomfort
Depending on the type of procedure you went through: complete abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty, wearing a binder can be very uncomfortable. If the incision sits too low on the abdominal area, then the binder might constantly ride up. A great alternative to this is a Squeem. Not only will it maintain the same pressure but is very comfortable too.
2. Taking a Shower Will Keep the Incision Clean
Despite what you might have read on the internet that taking a shower after a tummy tuck can be very dangerous, we assure you this is not true. A shower will help keep the incision area clean from sweat and prevent puss from forming.
What you need to take care of is keeping the drainage tubes clean. Simply clip the drainage tube to your neck with a chain or a lanyard and cover it with a plastic bag to keep it dry. Of course, it is recommended that you take a quick shower to prevent water from entering the tubes.
3. Sleep in a Recliner
Sleeping in a recliner for a week or two can be quite annoying but this will help speed up the healing process at the sight of the incision. Laying flat on your back can stretch the stitches, which might result in a little bleeding. The fetal position will relieve pressure from the abdominal muscles and will cause less discomfort.
4. Use a Toilet Seat Booster to Ease the Pain
Sitting and bending down for any reason, are the two positions that will cause the most discomfort. Since you will be going to the bathroom more often, better get a toilet seat booster, so that sitting down doesn’t seem like a daunting task.
5. Manage Nausea with Crackers and Water
Eating anything fatty can be hard on the abdomen after a tummy tuck. The combination of narcotics and anesthesia can make you nauseous and your stomach might not allow you to eat what you are craving for. So, until you get your appetite back, munch on crackers and take small sips of water.
A tummy tuck procedure allows you to maintain your body easily. The tubes usually come out a week or two after the surgery and then you can go back to your normal routine. Until then, try these recovery tips and ease some of your pain.