Post Tummy Tuck Swelling
A tummy tuck has been said to have one of the highest satisfaction rate when it comes to plastic surgery. The only difficult part about a tummy tuck is the recovery period. After surgery, patients will experience varying degrees of swelling around the area. Knowing how to deal with the post-operative swelling will help give patients a positive outlook on the tummy tuck procedure.
- Swelling occurs after a tummy tuck for many reasons.
- Handling of the area causes swelling as the body’s inflammatory process reacts to the procedure.
- Liposuction done on the abdomen has been known to cause swelling after surgery.
- The procedure also handles parts of the abdomen where blood vessels are present that can cause swelling.
How Long to Expect Swelling After Tummy Tuck
- Swelling after a tummy tuck procedure will subside over a period of four to six weeks.
- Depending on the type of tummy tuck done and the amount of liposuction done affects the length needed for swelling to significantly reduce.
- A tummy tuck handles a large area hence delaying healing and taking time for swelling to reduce.
How to Reduce Swelling After Tummy Tuck
- Hydration is important so patients are advised to drink plenty of water after surgery.
- For reducing swelling post tummy tuck, intake of a proper and balanced diet is important to help with healing and tissue repair.
- Reduce sodium intake because sodium retains water in the body. A salty diet will help lengthen the time of swelling after surgery.
- Resume exercises slowly and steadily increase it until the normal exercise regimen is allowed and tolerated.
- Get a massage, either a tissue massage or lymphatic massage, to help in the reduction of swelling.
- Wearing a compression garment is important and is always ordered by the doctor after a tummy tuck procedure. The compression garment should be worn throughout the 6-week period.
- Medications that affect the body’s fluid balance should be avoided such as caffeine, diuretics and other drugs and supplements.