Updated for 2019
We live in a world of instant gratification. Where we want things and results now, now, now. But how does that fit into your abdominoplasty recovery? When it comes to recovery from a tummy tuck, the number one best piece of advice we have is rest.
Men and women in Tampa who spend time and energy focusing on the healing process have an easier, healthier recovery.
Taking It Easy after Your Tummy Tuck
In our society, there’s a lot of pressure to be constantly doing things and being productive. When something comes up, like recovering from an abdominoplasty, most individuals feel like they should be up and moving as soon as possible.
The truth is, forcing your body to be active before it’s ready is a really bad idea. Surgery, and especially a fairly involved surgery like a tummy tuck, is a lot for your body to handle. Muscles have been stitched together, skin has been sutured or stapled, and fat has been removed. All of these things take some getting used to, and your body needs time to adapt.
Your body needs time to just rest in order to heal properly. Make sure you prepare to do just that.
Make Time to Take Time for Recovery
In fact, time is the best healing agent around. Instead of pushing yourself to get better faster, instead try just relaxing and giving your body what it needs: time to rest, time to heal, and a lot of time to catch up on your sleep.
Here are just a few things you can do to prepare for a more restful recovery include:
- Request to take time off of work well in advance before your surgery date.
- Find a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from surgery as well as help around the house for the first few days following surgery.
- Run your errands and pick prescriptions ahead of time.
- Prepare your recovery space so that you have all the items you need to keep you occupied while your body rests.
Dr. Castellano will provide you with pre- and post-operative recovery instructions during your and can talk to you more in-depth about how you can set yourself up for a successful recovery after a tummy tuck during your consultation.
By getting enough downtime, your body will recover much more quickly than if you force yourself to get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. Just remember, your body’s been through a lot with this surgery. Give yourself a break, and just get better.