When regular diet and exercise do not help you to maintain a toned and contoured abdomen, it may be time to consider a tummy tuck. Like any other plastic surgery procedure, a tummy tuck is a serious medical procedure and requires careful follow-up care in order to obtain the best possible results. St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard L.Kofkoff provides detailed instructions for his tummy tuck patients to follow during their post-operative recovery.
A tummy tuck is designed to tighten the muscles of the abdomen. Excess skin and fat are removed from the area, and the muscles are then pulled together and tightened in order to create a well contoured and flat appearance to the tummy. One of the most important aspects of tummy tuck surgery is the follow-up care. The more closely you follow Dr. Kofkoff’s instructions, the easier and faster healing happens, and the more satisfying the final results will be.
Recovery from a tummy tuck procedure brings with it the anticipation of your new look and the strong desire to return to normal activities. It is very important that you do not rush this process so that your body has the appropriate time it needs to heal properly.
In most cases, follow-up care consists of the following instructions. For the first week, consistent movement will enable you to begin standing more erect and comfortably as your healing progresses. Bruising and swelling reach their peak, and discomfort decreases during this first week as well. You will also return for your first post-operative visit with us.
The second week brings the removal of your drainage tubes, and you will continue to wear a support garment that will help decrease swelling. Your sutures will be removed, and you will be able to begin driving and resume some increased activity.
Over the next few weeks, your energy will continue to increase, and you will feel more comfortable returning to normal exercise and activity. The support garment will no longer be necessary, and swelling will continue to decrease. In the following months, swelling should disappear and your incision scar will continue to fade. Remaining tightness and numbness will significantly lessen, and you will be able to enjoy your new look.
The more care you take during the recovery period following your tummy tuck, the more satisfaction you will be able to enjoy once your body has had the chance to heal properly.
You can rest assured that Dr. Kofkoff and his team will be with you every step of the way as you recover following your tummy tuck procedure.