3 Things to Know About Your Tummy Tuck Recovery
As cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular over the past few years, more and more men and women are considering new and unique methods of surgical enhancement. And while procedures like the Brazilian butt lift have taken the aesthetics world by storm, the long standing, traditional cosmetic surgery procedures have only gotten better over the years. One such procedure is the tummy tuck also known as the abdominoplasty, this procedure is designed to sculpt, tone and tighten the stomach area – relieving patients of loose, hanging skin and creating beautifully contoured, slimmer silhouette across the midsection. At Goals Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sergei Voskin, the top plastic surgeon NYC has to offer, has performed countless tummy tuck procedures, with amazing success, helping women and even many men, with a variety of midsection issues. While this procedure has always been one of the more popular procedures, many still are fairly uneducated and often surprised to learn a number of different things about the recovery period during their initial consultation. As the top plastic surgeon NYC has in practice, Dr. Voskin offers these important things to know before your surgery, in hopes of educating patients before they make the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.
· Make Sure You Have the Time to Recover
When it comes to the tummy tuck procedure, many women make the mistake of not taking enough time off of work. While the procedure isn’t the most invasive and truly one of the easier recovery periods, because it entails the midsection and core, it will require almost exclusive rest for a decent amount of time. It is recommended that women take a MINIMUM of two weeks off after their procedure – if you work a cushy desk job. And during those two weeks you should be focused on your recovery, almost exclusively. In the event you work a job that requires any physical activity or standing for long periods than it is advised you take at least 3-4 weeks off after. If you have young children, arrange for someone to care for them during this period. Also arrange for some help, you’ll need to spend a lot of time in bed simply resting. So make sure someone is available to bring you things when you need, for at least the first week.
· Pain & Fatigue is Expected Long After the Procedure
One thing you have to understand that despite its not the most invasive, the tummy tuck is still major cosmetic surgery. You will be in some pain and discomfort, as well as feel extremely tired anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks following your procedure, in some cases even longer. Be understanding of this, and don’t worry if you need to fall asleep right after your first few days back to work. Considered the top plastic surgeon NYC has to offer, Dr. Voskin will request a few follow up appointments during your recovery period, make him aware of these feelings and anything else you might be experiencing. Be aware, while swelling and major discomfort should be gone completely within 4 to 6 weeks, full healing will likely take over a year but won’t notice as many issues then.
· Eat Well
Nutrition is one of the most important things to know about your recovery period – without it you will not recovery quickly and will be in pain much longer, so eat well! While many women diet almost year-round, this is not advised during recovery from your tummy tuck. Don’t overeat, but have at least 3 square meals, with substance. Try to have some protein with every meal, eat good fats and have some citrus fruits every day. Try eating 3 or 4 egg whites every day, with things like avocadoes, nuts, bananas, oranges, and more. Don’t east like crap, but don’t be afraid to eat a nice sized meal every now and then as long as its not processed food or junk food.
For more information about the procedure and the recovery period, be sure to contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.