A tummy tuck will leave you looking and feeling younger. It’s a simple procedure when you visit Dr. Schreiber, an experienced plastic surgeon in Baltimore, but there are still a few things to keep in mind during the recovery process. By adhering to a few simple tips you can help your recovery be speedy and comfortable. Follow these simple instructions to get back into the swing of things and enjoying your new body in no time.
Eat properly. Both before and after the procedure you need to keep your body fueled with nutrition. As much as you want to look skinny following the tummy tuck, now is not the time to try to lose weight. Sick to your normal diet during the days before the tummy tuck in Baltimore and during recovery. Similarly, avoid prescription medicines and other supplements that could thin the blood.
Take time off. In most cases tummy tuck patients can return to work in about a week after visiting a Baltimore cosmetic surgery center. However, some people require longer and the amount of time you need off can depend on the type of work you do and the physical exertion required, as well as whether or not you can get a ride to work.
Restrict activities. During your recovery period you will not be able to do some of your daily routines, especially exercising in the form of weightlifting and calisthenics. Any activity should be limited to those that don’t require any exertion of the abdominal muscles. Exceedingly strenuous activities should be avoided for a couple of months.
Get a stool softener. Avoiding constipation after a tummy tuck is vital. Unfortunately, some of the pain medication you could be prescribed can lead to constipation as a side effect. Be sure to get over-the-counter stool softeners before your procedure so they will be ready for you when you get home.
Avoid alcohol. While you’re taking your pain medication, do not mix it with alcohol, this could lead to dangerous side effects. If you aren’t using the pain meds some alcohol in moderation could be acceptable after a little recovery time. However, alcohol also is a blood thinner which could hinder the recovery process.
These are just a few tips to help your recovery process following a tummy tuck. When you talk to ASAPS member, Dr. Jeffrey Schreiber, he will be able to give you some additional advice on how to prepare for your surgery as well as other things to keep in mind to have a speedy and comfortable recovery. If you have any other questions for your local plastic surgeon in Baltimore or would like to schedule an appointment, call Baltimore Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center at (410) 205-1846.