Hello to all you amazing women! I am a 42 year-old mother of 2 and I have been wanting to share my story for a while now. I had been thinking about getting a tummy tuck for about 3 years now, but it was not until my husband and I separated that I decided to take the plunge. He was the one who kept me from doing this for so long, because he didn’t see what the big deal was, but now that I am free from him and his negativity, I can do whatever makes ME happy.
I scheduled a surgery date with Dr. [Doctor’s Name] and we agreed on [Date]. The procedure was very simple, he explained things in an easy way to understand and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Today is 1 week post-op and I feel AMAZING! My clothes fit better than they ever have before and I finally feel like my old self again.
I hope my story inspires you ladies to take that first step towards achieving your dream body!
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1 week post op tummy tuck pictures
This week one tummy tuck recovery was an old post that I thought was lost forever. Thankfully I found it today and decided to add it back to the blog to go with all of the other plastic surgery posts.
I wanted to share my week one tummy tuck experience with you because I know you are dying to see some pictures.
Week One Tummy Tuck Recovery:
Week one was not what I expected at all. I figured I would be in extreme pain, and that I wouldn’t be moving around much, but that wasn’t the case.
The pain was minimal (after the first day) and was moving around every day. I did laundry, cooked, and even drove on day 4 (though I don’t recommend doing that).
What caught me a little off guard was the emotional “funk” I experienced. I didn’t know what to expect after the surgery, and when I removed my bandage, what I saw scared and discouraged me.
The upper half of my stomach looked much better, but the lower half looked worse. It was swollen, shiny, red, and of course, the incision looks hideous.
I knew there would be a scar, but the swelling is what shocked me. Searching online was fruitless. I wasn’t sure if it was normal because I couldn’t find any pictures that looked like mine. I called Dr. Davis to make sure everything I was experiencing was normal, and he agreed that it was. Father’s Day Candy Tie Printable
I felt depressed for the first week. It could have been the medication or the fear of the unknown. Nothing major I just felt foggy all the time and kind of sad. I’m sure this kind of fear and remorse is typical after a surgery of this magnitude.
After 48 hours I was able to remove the bandage and shower, which felt amazing! My abs were still numb so I didn’t feel any pain, but the incision was sore.
Tummy Tuck Week One: Pain
The incision is where I felt the majority of the pain all week. It bled once when I was trying to get off the couch (by myself). I’m sure that wouldn’t have happened if I would have had someone to help me.
The only time I felt pain when I would move in a way that bothered the incision.
Oddly enough, it was only on the right side.
Another thing that may have contributed to that pain was the way I took my pain medication. I didn’t realize that I should have been taking both the pain pills and the anti-nausea meds. The anti-nausea medication would have helped me sleep. I think I would have had an even better experience if I would have followed the medication instructions more carefully.
TIP: One thing I found helpful during the first week was standing as straight as possible. Using the wall I’d stand with my back to it, trying to straighten up as much as I could. I did this every time I got up. It helped a lot with my back pain. Your back gets stressed doing the work your abs usually do.
Please reach out with any questions you have. I’d love to help you if I can.
Tummy tuck recovery week 1
Atlanta plastic surgeon Marcus Crawford offers a breakdown of what our patients can expect during the tummy tuck recovery period.
WEEK 1 AFTER SURGERY
Diet: Patients should maintain a diet that is low in sodium for the first week after surgery to reduce swelling.
Side Effects: Patients experience some pain, bruising, swelling, and tightness the first week after surgery.
Drains: Most patients will require the use of a drain for the first few days after surgery; the drain directs excess fluid away from the incision and out of the body. In most cases, the drain can be removed in three to seven days.
Bandages: Tummy tuck bandages may be replaced, and the area around the incision gently cleaned, every other day after surgery.
Compression Garment: Patients should wear a compression garment at all times in the week after surgery. The compression garment will aid in healing and help patients achieve their desired contour.
Showering: In many cases, patients can take a shower a day or two after surgery. However, if you are feeling lightheaded, it is a good idea to wait. Patients with drains may find it easier to sponge bathe for a few days after surgery.
Off Limits: A number of activities are off limits the first week after tummy tuck surgery. These include: driving, exercise, work, chores, smoking, and drinking alcohol.
Week One Recovery Tips:
- Take pain medication as directed
- Wear a compression garment
- Use an ice compress to minimize pain and swelling
- Limit movement
- Stay slightly bent at the waist
- Have 24-hour care and assistance for the first three days after surgery
- Stay hydrated
- Stay in bed and rest
WEEK 2 AFTER SURGERY
Diet: Patients will be ready to go back to their regular diet the second week after surgery, but it is a good idea to continue to limit sodium this week.
Side Effects: At this point, there is still swelling in the treatment area. However, the pain, bruising, and feeling of tightness are beginning to fade.
Massage: The second week after surgery, patients can begin to lightly massage to treatment area to promote healing.
Scar treatments: Patients can usually begin treatment to minimize scarring the second week after surgery. Scar minimizing techniques may include the application of vitamin E or silicone sheets to the incision.
Compression Garment: To achieve the best possible results, patients should continue to wear a compression garment two weeks after surgery.
Work: Patients may feel ready to return to work and other obligations 10 to 14 days after surgery. Patients that undergo tummy tuck in combination with another treatment, such as liposuction, butt lift, breast augmentation, arm lift, or thigh lift, may need an extra few days to recover.
Off Limits: A number of activities remain off limits the second week after tummy tuck surgery. These include: exercise, smoking, and drinking alcohol.
Week Two Recovery Tips:
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear a compression garment
- Start taking brief walks a few times throughout the day to get your blood flowing
WEEKS 3 AND 4 AFTER SURGERY
Diet: Many patients return to their normal diet by the third and fourth week after surgery. However, it is important to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet to stay at your ideal weight range.
Exercise: Patients can usually engage in light exercise four weeks after surgery. However, more strenuous moves such as sit-ups and weight lifting should be avoided until six weeks after surgery.