Abdominoplasty Recovery Tips: What You Need To Know

By April 15, 2024News

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, and can result in a flatter, more contoured appearance. It’s a popular and common procedure, but it’s very important to find the right surgical team to handle it.

Not only is expertise in the surgery important, but it’s equally important to follow the proper recovery process so that you can achieve optimal results and be back to normal in the quickest way possible. Here are some essential recovery tips:

Read the Plastic Surgery Planner Properly: When undertaking an abdominoplasty procedure at Southern Aesthetic, we will provide you with a comprehensive plastic surgery planner during the consultation process. This detailed document provides essential guidance on self-care, surgery preparation, and post-operative management. It covers topics such as wound care, garment usage, dietary recommendations, and pain relief.

This plastic surgery planner is tailored to each patient’s unique needs, ensuring they have all the information necessary for a successful recovery. It’s very important if you don’t understand any part of this document that you ask your surgeon beforethe procedure takes place.

Wound Care and Garment Use:
Once you have had the surgery, you’ll then be advised to follow some simple guidelines for both wound care and garment use:

  • Personalised Advice: The first thing to understand is that our suggestions are tailored to your specific needs. This is to make sure we can achieve a fast and proper healing process while also keeping you comfortable. If you have concerns over your ability to monitor and clean the incision site, or wear compression garments, we can help talk you through these concerns.
  • Telephone Check-Ins: The second thing that you can expect from us is regular telephone check-ins during the recovery period allow us to monitor progress. We’re not a set-and-forget kind of medical practice. We take the recovery of each of our patients very seriously, and we will give you plenty of opportunities to ask us questions during these check-ins if you have concerns about anything.
  • In-Person Follow-Up Appointments: Finally, your recovery schedule will include in-person appointments, which we use as an opportunity to both thoroughly examine your wounds and explore any challenges or difficulties that you might be experiencing. Scheduled follow-up appointments (e.g., at week one, week three, week six, week 12, and beyond) provide opportunities for thorough assessments and adjustments.

Mobility and Tension One thing that you should absolutely expect following your procedure is that you will experience inhibited mobility and you may feel tension around your body. It’s important to understand that this is normal and to be expected, however, if you feel like you’re facing excessive discomfort, then you should contact us right away. Two of the most important things to consider are:

  • Taking It Easy: Abdominoplasty is a significant procedure that affects mobility. Patients should avoid putting undue tension on their wound, and try and rest as much as possible, especially in the early stages. During the first week, walking may be slightly hunched over to minimize strain, and you shouldn’t try to resist your body’s desire to do so.
  • Driving Restrictions: Driving is not recommended initially to prevent unnecessary stress on the surgical area. In the first week you should try and stay home if possible, and if you absolutely must leave the home, organise for someone to drive you.

Wound Care Simplified: Many patients are concerned about managing their own wound care at home. The good news is that there’s nothing that should be onerous in the process, and if you are struggling, you can always call us. Some of the key things that we regularly get asked include:

  • Showering: Once drains are removed, patients can shower. It’s important to go back to your normal schedule, because proper hygiene is crucial for preventing infections.
  • Dressings: Patients should not change or manipulate their dressings until their first follow-up appointment. If you’re concerned about how it looks or feels, you can contact us, but our process does keep it simple to ensures optimal wound healing.

General Well-Being: Finally, surgery is a big deal, no matter what kind it is, and it’s critical that you take the time to look after yourself in a general sense while in recovery. There is a lot you can do to allow your body the time and energy that it needs to bounce back quickly:

  • Sleep: Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get a good sleep – aim for eight or so hours if your lifestyle allows that during recovery.
  • Food: Eating well and nutritiously is also important for the body’s healing process. You should talk to your doctor and surgeon if you’re unsure about what foods would be best on the dinner plate.

Remember, successful abdominoplasty recovery involves patience, adherence to guidelines, and ongoing communication with your healthcare provider. One of the biggest benefits for coming to Southern Aesthetic is that we make sure that your recovery process is as efficient and stress-free as possible.

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