What Is Mini Tummy Tuck Recovery Like?
Naturally, the area around our abdomen starts to sag as we grow older, or when we go through significant changes in weight, especially after a pregnancy. Nowadays, a mini tummy tuck, or partial abdominoplasty, is an excellent option for people who wish to sculpt their abdomen into a more desirable shape, without having to go through the full extent of the traditional surgery.
What Is Mini Tummy Tuck?
A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of the abdominoplasty and removes excess, sagging tissue from the lower abdomen area which is below the belly button, to restore a more firm, flat and slim silhouette. Depending on your needs, stretch marks can be removed by locating it below the belly button during surgery or even tighten mildly lax muscles.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Mini Tummy Tuck?
Individuals who are healthy and at a stable weight, without a large excess of abdominal skin are ideal for this treatment. Generally, the best candidates are mainly concerned about sagging skin or a protruding lower belly. It is important to note that only individuals who have significant stretched, sagging skin, or weakened muscles, should opt for a full tummy tuck that may achieve better results.
Recovering From A Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure
If a mini tummy tuck is what you want, it’s important to consider what the recovery process will involve. Your physical well being, your age, your body weight and so on will determine how you recuperate after the procedure. It will depend on the kind of tummy tuck procedure that you have gone through.
It is a natural feeling to want to get back to your normal life after your surgery, but it’s essential that you give your body time to heal. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few hours after the surgery, but you can return home the same day. However, it is important that you take some downtime to rest and recover.
Timeline For Recovery
You will be advised to wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks as it helps in preventing fluid buildup and helps support your abdomen.
The recovery period is generally much shorter for a mini-tummy tuck, but you need to avoid physically strenuous activity for at least six weeks. These activities include any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.
What To Expect After Your Surgery
Your doctor will give you post-surgical instructions to follow while you’re at home. You will need someone who can drive you home from the hospital after the procedure and help you take care of yourself at least for the first few days after your surgery.
You can bathe 48 hours after you’ve removed your drainage tubes. A sponge bath will be recommended until you can shower. You should avoid consuming alcohol if you’re taking pain medication, and avoid any form of nicotine for at least six weeks. Smoking nicotine can slow down the process of healing and may also cause complications.
You have a lot to consider regarding a tummy tuck recovery, but you can go through the process and manage it, if you think and plan for all aspects of this healing process, including the time frame.
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