There are several actions you can take to reduce swelling of the tissues after a tummy tuck.
Post-op complications depend greatly on the surgical procedure itself. To have a shorter and easier recovery, you need to find a highly experienced surgeon who can predict and handle your treatment course at its best.
For reducing swelling in abdominoplasty, the less the doctor manipulates or ruptures the tissues the better. So, we recommend you to choose your surgeon and tummy tuck destination wisely.
Follow the doctor’s instructions
What’s more important than the surgery? We say “the post-operative phase”. So, listen to your doctor and follow their bits of advice.
Drain tubes prevent fluids from accumulation, which can, in turn, cause swelling. If instructed by your surgeon, use drain tubes for a few days after your operation.
Wear a compression garment
A compression garment can help you control swelling by applying pressure and limiting the amount of fluid in the surgical area. You’ll be recommended to wear this garment for around 2 weeks.
Too much pressure exerted by tight belts can hinder the flow of fluids in the abdominal area.
As you may know, you’ll be asked to rest and avoid strenuous activities during your recovery period. But you need to keep up a certain amount of movement to help control the swelling better. A short walk, for example, can do a great job in this respect.
Take anti-inflammatory medications
Upon your doctor’s prescription, you can take certain medications to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Healthy food can speed up your recovery for sure. You can manage the swelling by adding fresh fruits, high-fiber foods, and grains to your daily diet. Also, drink water and fruit juices as much as possible as they can stop the fluid accumulation.