What to expect for tummy tuck recovery

April 13, 2012 Comments Off on What to expect for tummy tuck recovery

Sometimes, it seems like there aren't enough sit ups in the world to get the flat stomach you've always wanted. And no matter how much you diet, that excess fat will not go away. A tummy tuck procedure can help, and although it's a popular cosmetic surgery, some people may be unaware of exactly what the recovery entails.

After the surgery, which works by removing extra fat and skin, it's imperative that you to follow the surgeon's directions. This is especially important when it comes to how you care for the bandaged area where they made the incision. You should also take note of the doctor's recommendations in terms of sitting and lying down, which will help limit pain.

There are also some ways you can help reduce swelling during your recovery. Staying hydrated and maintaining a low sodium diet can make a big difference, as can getting plenty of rest.

Most patients' tummy tuck recovery should last about six weeks. According to WebMD.com, this means that you should try to limit any strenuous physical activity during this time, and some experts suggest taking as much as a month off from work to help the recovery process.

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