Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck, is a major procedure involving a significant recovery process. The cosmetic surgeon will engage with the patient from the initial consultation to the post-op recovery in order to ensure that the patient achieves completely safe and desirable results from the surgery. It is equally important for the patient to diligently follow the surgeon’s instructions for a quicker and easier recovery.
Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon who will apply cutting edge surgical techniques to perform tummy tuck procedure. Dr. McCluskey will educate the patient about all aspects of the procedure, including the estimated recovery process. Patients in Atlanta, GA and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive tummy tuck surgery from him.
Tummy tuck surgery will involve a considerable amount of downtime, which can differ from one patient to another depending on the extent of surgery. If the traditional tummy tuck technique is used, the downtime involved may be about 10 to 14 days. But if the procedure is performed without tightening the underlying abdominal muscles, only one week may be needed for recovery.
If the patient is working, they may apply for leave at their workplace well in advance to allow for sufficient recovery time. The patient should take plenty of rest in the first week, but should perform light activities and short walks at home. It may be a good idea to have someone to assist the patient in the first few days with the household chores.
Early Recovery Process
The cosmetic surgeon may have inserted temporary drainage tubes underneath the skin in the incision areas to collect excess fluid. The drainage should be emptied as instructed and measured with a cup, while the tubes should be carefully maintained until the surgeon decides to take them out. The patient may also be required to wear a compression garment during the early recovery phase for safer healing.
Swelling, bruising and some soreness may occur during the first week after tummy tuck. The surgeon will usually prescribe mild pain medications to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Vigorous activities, heavy lifting of weights and bending should be avoided in the first two to four weeks to enable better healing of the incisions. Accomplished plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey receives patients from Atlanta, GA and nearby areas for tummy tuck surgery.
Some amount of scarring is inevitable in tummy tuck surgery, but their impact can be reduced with inconspicuous incision placement. Sun exposure on the incision sites should be avoided during recovery. The impact of scars can be further mitigated by applying silicone cream or silicone sheets or petroleum jelly in the incision sites during recovery.
Before and after the tummy tuck procedure, the patient will be required to refrain from smoking for a certain period of time. Nicotine in tobacco smoke can interfere with the blood flow, and delay the healing process. Smokers are at a higher risk of infections and visible scarring. To minimize the risk of complications during and after surgery, smoking must be avoided as per the surgeon’s advice.