Tummy Tuck Recovery

Tummy Tuck in Sydney – Recovery

What should you expect after a tummy tuck in Sydney?

Most Abdominoplasty procedures are performed with the plan of an overnight stay (at least) in hospital. This ensures your safety during and after your tummy tuck in Sydney. Many patients will have small drains in their abdomens when they wake up, to prevent the build-up of fluids. The drains will stay in until there is only a small amount of fluid coming out of them; this typically takes one to two weeks, although it can be longer or shorter in some patients. The removal of the drains is generally quick and not painful.

Side effects that may occur after a tummy tuck in Sydney

In the first 24 hours, it is normal to expect the following symptoms:-

•    Drowsiness
•    Dry throat
•    Nausea (possibly)
•    Discomfort and stiffness

Pain control after your tummy tuck

The local anaesthetic helps with pain control for the first evening, but has usually worn off by the following morning. Regularly taking paracetamol and anti inflammatories for the first few days after the operation is important in minimising your discomfort and need for stronger pain killers.

You will wake up with a surgical or post operative compression garment on. It is important that you wear this garment at all times in the first six weeks after your tummy tuck in Sydney. This helps compress reduce the amount of fluid in the drains (so they come out earlier) and helps compress the fat that has been liposucked. This helps to prevent swelling and promotes healing.

Straightening up through your abdomen and lower back will be stiff for the first week, but does improve each day.

Going home after your tummy tuck in Sydney

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, and you will need to plan for a little “down time” after your tummy tuck in Sydney. Most people can return to an office job within a week. Gently walking is the only exercise you should plan on doing for the first few weeks, and it will take six to eight weeks before you will feel well enough to return to the gym or restart running.

Once you are comfortable moving around your room, you will be discharged home with a prescription for pain relief and antibiotics. You will take these medications for a few days after your tummy tuck in Sydney. If you are prone to feeling sick after operations, you will also be given a prescription for something to help with that.

Your body will tell you (with pain) if you are trying too soon. When you feel pain, it’s important that you back off and wait a few days before trying that activity again, rather than “pushing through the pain.” Allowing time for your body to heal will result in the best outcome from your tummy tuck in Sydney.

Follow up after your tummy tuck in Sydney

You will be asked to see Dr Gavin Sandercoe for several follow up appointments to ensure that your body is healing well from the procedure. This also allows your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney to treat any complications that occur. You will have appointments scheduled at one week, one month, three months (optional) and six months after your tummy tuck in Sydney. Some procedures may require longer follow up. If there are any problems, we want to hear from you and sort it out as soon as possible!

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