Recovering from Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Areas Near Houston & Sugar Land, TX

May 05, 2015

Abdominoplasty is a body contouring surgery that can help reduce excess skin and fat around the abdominal area. Also called a tummy tuck, the procedure can also help tighten the abdominal muscles, improving core strength and giving better tone to the abdomen.

The Recovery Process

The recovery from abdominoplasty depends on how you prepare for the surgery, your particular health, and your post-surgical care. Of course, the most important thing you can do to have a speedy and full recovery from your abdominoplasty is to follow all of your doctor’s orders for post surgical care of your incision and drainage tubes. You will need to reduce your activity level for up to four weeks while your muscles heal, and may not be able to work during that time. Once you are through the initial phase of recovery, you can improve your outcome by:

  • Not smoking—you must quit smoking for several weeks before the surgery to reduce the risks of stroke or blood clots. It is highly recommended that you do not begin again once your surgery is over.
  • Eating a balanced nutritious diet—as your body heals, it is important to get all of the nutrients you need to rebuild tissues and heal.
  • Drinking plenty of water—staying hydrated will greatly improve the healing process.
  • Regaining activity—once you are cleared from bed rest, it is essential that you begin to regain an active lifestyle. While you should wait several months to return to a rigorous gym routine, be sure to start walking and getting up as soon as you can.

If you would like more information about abdominoplasty in the Houston, Texas area, please call The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center today at 713-766-0071 for a consultation.