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Tummy tuck 3 weeks post op pictures

Tummy tuck 3 weeks post op pictures

Recovering from a tummy tuck is a perfect opportunity to catch up on much-needed rest. However, after tummy tuck surgery, you are required to stay off your stomach for several weeks, which can be difficult for stomach-sleepers.

During your tummy tuck recovery, you will need to find new comfortable sleeping positions that allow you to stay off your stomach.

Why Can I Not Sleep on My Stomach After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

For many of us, sleeping on our stomach feels natural. It is when we are the most comfortable.

However, a tummy tuck is a major surgery, and it takes time for the muscles and tissues to heal and recover. Sleeping directly on your stomach puts too much weight and pressure on your abdomen, interfering with its ability to heal. This can not only damage your muscles, but it can affect your results.

After spending the time and money to undergo a tummy tuck, the last thing you want is for your sleeping position to mess up your results—or cause you pain.

When Can I Sleep on My Stomach Following My Surgery?

As you know by now, sleeping on your stomach while recovering from tummy tuck surgery can be damaging to your results.

So, how long will you have to avoid sleeping on your stomach?

It is recommended that patients avoid stomach sleeping for at least six weeks after surgery. During those six weeks, your abdomen is healing and producing your results. You do not want your sleeping position to disrupt this process.

It is important to note that some patients heal differently and may need to stay off their stomachs for more than six weeks. Please speak with your surgeon regarding when it is safe to return to your normal sleeping position.

If I Cannot Sleep on My Stomach After My Tummy Tuck, How Should I Sleep?

Since you cannot sleep on your stomach after your tummy tuck, you may be wondering what comfortable, safe sleeping position is right for you. Surgeons often recommend sleeping on your back while recovering from a tummy tuck, but you may be able to sleep on your side a few weeks after surgery.

When you sleep on your back, you should elevate yourself with pillows. This can help make sleeping on your back more comfortable and easier to get used to. Additionally, sleeping flat on your back stretches out your abdomen and can harm the incisions.

3 weeks post op tummy tuck and lipo

The road to recovery from any surgery can be frustrating, and tummy tuck surgery is no different. You may have been surprised to hear how long the recovery process will take and be a bit anxious about your ability to manage it.

Generally, I find that it’s easy to be most afraid of the unknown, and often people don’t tell you about what will happen “after.”

However, armed with some knowledge and preparation beforehand, you’ll know what to expect and can plan for an easy and successful recovery. Soon, you’ll be ready for beach gatherings and slinky dresses, but first, a bit of a rest.

If you missed the past articles of my journey, read about How much a tummy tuck costs and my Tummy tuck surgery day here.

Read my entire Tummy Tuck Journey——–>1) How much is a Tummy Tuck?2) Tummy Tuck Surgery Day: What to Expect3) Tummy Tuck Before and After pictures

Tummy Tuck Recovery Time With Pictures

Recovery: The First Days After a Tummy Tuck

When you first come home on the day of your surgery, you’ll probably immediately notice things are rather uncomfortable. With a full tummy tuck, the skin on your stomach pulled taught and the soreness and pain from surgery, you’ll be walking in a bent-over L shape for at least a week or more.

Go slowly! At this point, I was sure glad I did not opt for a breast augmentation too!

Take it easy on yourself and don’t be alone. Let your support person help you when you need to use the bathroom or move around. I know this can be so difficult, but injuring yourself at this stage is just not worth it.

A note to all those moms out there – resist the temptation to pick up those kiddos or join in on enthusiastic hugs. Lifting and any sort of strenuous movement is a huge no-no as you recover. Wait for your doctor to give you the all-clear first.

Also, be sure you understand your after-care instructions, especially regarding your medication and any drains that may have been inserted into the wound area.

While it is difficult, try to walk around at least a little bit every few hours. This keeps your blood circulating and can decrease the likelihood of a blood clot forming.

If you have any questions or concerns about what is “normal” at any time during your recovery, contact your doctor’s office.

Make sure you keep all follow-up appointments with your doctor so they can monitor your recovery and let you know when you can up your activity level again.

It generally takes a few weeks before you’ll be back on your feet. Prepare for this in advance and have some quiet activities like reading, knitting, or several binge-worthy shows waiting on Netflix before your surgery.

The Worst Days After Tummy Tuck

Truthfully the first week after my tummy tuck and liposuction was awful. Well, the first few days were awful and every day it DID get better but looking back, that first whole week sucked.

I can’t even remember HOW I got home or in the house, although my husband said I walked. My doctor had sent home these things that went on your legs to help circulate your blood for a few days and help prevent blood clots.

I also had to wear a tight wrap, had a drain on my lower right side, and stayed propped up by about 7 pillows when I was on the bed.

I ended up sleeping in a zero-gravity chair for about 10 days, but more on that later.

I think the first few days are the worst because you are battling tightness, you cannot stand up straight at all and any amount of movement hurt my upper AND lower muscles.

Laughing hurt, coughing hurt, and SNEEZING WAS THE WORST.

(tummy tuck pictures Post Op Day 1)

The first time I had to pee after surgery I thought it might be better to just get diapers.

I literally just stood over the toilet to pee, which by the way is a good tip. Pee like a dude for the first few days. Pride…gone. Sitting down meant standing up and I learned pretty quickly to limit my usage of abs.

My husband had to help me remove my clothes for about 2 days any time I needed to use the restroom or get in the shower.

This is also going to sound crazy, but I used a walker the first week as well and it really helped me feel a lot more stable and be more independent getting from the bed to other areas in the house.

I had not bought one prior to surgery but my husband brought one home and it ended up being used quite a bit.

Keeping on the pain meds, stool softeners, muscle relaxers, vitamins, and whatever else your Doctor asked you to do is very important. Throw that whole “toughing it out” thing out the window.

I slept for a good 4-5 days, in and out of watching TV and falling back asleep. Your body just went through something major and it needs recovery time.

I thought since I worked from home and have an office here, that I could be back at my desk pretty quick. I could…but NOT the first week.

You will absolutely need to take the time off. I had a few moments where I thought I was getting better (and I was) but then I had a setback of pain or exhaustion. Do not overdo it!

How Painful is Lipo Recovery?

I had lipo of my flanks in conjunction with my tummy tuck. It helped transition the area a lot more smoothly.

What I didn’t expect was how bad it hurt!

My tummy tuck incision area hurt the least, and my muscle repair hurt the second, but that lipo…I was way under-prepared for the swelling, numbness, and bruising.

While I do believe lipo is a necessary evil to make all this worth it and wouldn’t have it any other way, it was probably the worst part of recovery.

How long does it take for internal stitches to heal after tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to make the tummy flat and firm with youthful contours. For the best results you should follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions after the surgery. In this blog I’ll discuss what you should expect after having the procedure, and what you should be doing post surgery to aid the healing process.

Once your tummy tuck procedure is finished, you are required to stay one-three nights in hospital. The day after your surgery, you may not be able to fully stand up straight as your skin and muscles need to adjust to their new shape and the increased tension due to the tightening. It is normal to feel tight but it is important that you take short walks to promote blood circulation. Sitting in a chair and lying in bed with two pillows under your knees are comfortable. Any lifting, bending or straining can cause discomfort or bleeding hence, should be avoided.

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How long is the recovery time?

The recovery time for the surgery varies between patients. While your plastic surgeon can give you a rough timeframe for recovery, it is important to remember that each person’s tissues are unique, and heal at different rates. The timeframes listed in this blog are a rough guide.

Within one week, you will have your surgical drains removed and your abdominal dressings changed. Most of the sutures are dissolving ones. The suture line has a specialised dressing fixed with skin super glue that stays on for two-three weeks. This protects the suture line from moisture and other irritants. Short walks are important and are encouraged. Your abdominal binder or compression garment offers extra support and should be worn for four-six weeks or as advised by your Plastic Surgeon. Bruising is evident and usually lasts for one-two weeks.

Usually within two-three weeks you will be able to return to non-strenuous activities of daily living and work. In many cases most normal activities and even gentle exercise can be undertaken. During this period of time it’s normal to experience some mild pain or discomfort, as well as swelling. Any severe pain should be reported to your surgeon. Patients find sexual activity uncomfortable for about three-four weeks post surgery. After six weeks you can increase the intensity of your activities and after 12 weeks, there are no restrictions and you can participate in all activities.

Swelling and bruising are normal and expected to occur after the surgery. Depending on the patient, they can take some time to disappear completely. Most patients notice the swelling disappear over six weeks, with continuing improvement over the subsequent six weeks. In some patients, swelling resolves over months.

Numbness below the belly button is common and it can take between three-six months to regain feeling.

Scarring from the incision sites will be red or pink in colour and remain like that for three-six months after surgery. Scarring often appears worse before it begins to fade. The scar maturation process is about 12-18 months.

Unless you experience a significant change in weight, or fall pregnant, the results from your procedure should be evident for many years. Ageing and gravity will naturally change the appearance of your abdomen in time, if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your tummy when this occurs, you may decide to have regular liposuction to restore the contours. Very rarely you may have to undergo another tummy tuck to restore your abdomen to a flatter and firmer condition.

Can I lay on my stomach 3 weeks after tummy tuck?

Did you recently have tummy tuck surgery? You probably realized it was quite invasive and the recovery process can be uncomfortable. Rest is an essential part of the healing process and not sleeping enough after an Omaha tummy tuck can impede your progress.

The struggle to find comfort in bed afterward is real! But don’t worry, there are steps that you can take to make sleeping after surgery easier.

In this article, we will provide tips and tricks on how to get a better night’s sleep in a comfortable position after having cosmetic surgery.

1. Sleep in the Right Position 

It is important to sleep in a position that allows your stomach and abdomen to look natural and will dramatically reduce any discomfort or pain from sleeping. The best way to do this is with your head slightly elevated and both knees bent so your lower back is supported.

It’s common to ask why can you not sleep on your stomach after tummy tuck surgery, and the answer is that it puts too much pressure on your tummy tuck incision and can cause several pain. We know you might have a preferred sleeping position but it’s important to understand that to have successful healing progress after a major surgery you need to avoid certain sleeping positions.

Plastic surgeons commonly are asked when can I sleep on my side after a tummy tuck. Generally, you can start sleeping on your side after about two weeks post-surgery. But why not immediately? The reason why you can’t sleep on your side after a tummy tuck is that it creates too much tension in the surgical area and can be painful. Sleeping on your side after 3 or 5 weeks after the tummy tuck is even better.

In addition to sleeping in the right position, it is also important to ensure a comfortable recovery. To do this, you should avoid sitting up straight or standing for long periods as this can cause muscle tightening and impede blood circulation.

Instead, try reclining in a chair or lying down in a semi-reclined position with your head slightly elevated. This will help reduce any discomfort and pain from sleeping after surgery. Remember to avoid wrong positions such as sleeping on your stomach or side before consulting with your plastic surgeon is also essential for a successful recovery.

2. Use Pillows for Support 

Placing a pillow behind your back can provide additional support as you sleep after having a surgical procedure such as a tummy tuck, allowing you to avoid any pressure or pain in the upper body. 

Using extra pillows to support your body during tummy tuck recovery is a great way to ensure you get the restful sleep you need. Placing a pillow behind your back can help keep your upper body in an elevated position while placing one between your knees can help keep your lower back supported.

Additionally, sleeping in the fetal position may be beneficial as it helps reduce pressure on the incision site and allows for better circulation throughout the body. With these tips in mind, you should be able to find comfort and restful sleep after having a tummy tuck surgery.

3. Choose Soft Surfaces 

If possible, avoid sleeping on hard beds or surfaces such as wooden bed frames which can cause more pressure points and make it difficult for you to get comfortable after rehabilitating from surgery.

It is important to remember that after a tummy tuck surgery, you may have excess skin and loose skin for several weeks. It is also important to keep in mind that the sleeping positions you choose can affect your blood flow and healing process. To ensure proper healing, it is best to sleep in positions that are comfortable and supportive of your body while avoiding any pressure points on the incision site.

Additionally, it is recommended to use extra pillows for support and opt for soft surfaces such as mattresses or couches when possible. With these tips in mind, you should be able to find comfort and restful sleep after having a tummy tuck Omaha.

4. Limit Movement During Sleep 

There should be minimal movement during sleep to limit stress on the abdominal muscles and prevent further tissue damage after a tummy tuck surgery. It’s recommended that you should remain relatively still while you’re sleeping to enjoy maximum comfort without increasing the risk of injury or aggravation during restful periods of sleep.

It is also important to wear compression garments during the recovery period after an abdominoplasty. These garments help reduce swelling and provide support to the abdominal muscles, allowing for a faster recovery.

It is recommended that you avoid sleeping on your stomach or side for at least two weeks after this cosmetic procedure, as this can put too much pressure on the incision site and cause pain. It is best to sleep in positions that allow your stomach and abdomen to look natural and will dramatically reduce any discomfort or pain from sleeping. With these tips in mind, you should be able to get a better night’s sleep during your tummy tuck recovery period.

5. Avoid Crossing Your Legs/Arms 

Crossing your legs/arms when sleeping could cause uneasiness around your midsection, so keep them drawn away from the central part of your body at all times when resting or sleeping post-surgery for alleviated comfort throughout the nighttime hours.

Another way to ensure a comfortable and restful sleep after a tummy tuck procedure is to find a seated position that is comfortable for you. This can be done by propping yourself up with pillows or using an adjustable bed frame. Additionally, leg exercises can help improve circulation and reduce swelling in the abdominal area, which can make it easier to find a comfortable sleeping position. With these tips in mind, you should be able to get the restful sleep you need during your recovery period after a abdominoplasty.

6. Take Comforting Medication 

If you are feeling pain or discomfort while attempting to take rest after abdominoplasty Omaha, try taking some pain medications such as Ibuprofen (or other anti-inflammatories) before going off to bed if necessary, but just be sure not to exceed dosages prescribed by a doctor beforehand if possible!

7. Follow Schedules for Medicines/Rest 

Lastly, it is strongly advised that individuals who have had abdominoplasty should follow strict schedules before heading off into dreamland in regards to physical activity and dosing up on appropriate medicines to guarantee an enjoyable evening’s break with minimum hassle!

After a few weeks of recovery time, it is important to start transitioning back into a normal sleeping position. This will help the body to naturally heal and reduce any discomfort from the tummy tuck surgery. It is recommended that you sleep on your back with your legs slightly elevated to reduce swelling and promote circulation.

You should avoid crossing your arms or legs while sleeping as this can cause uneasiness around the midsection as we mentioned before. With these tips in mind, you should be able to get a restful night’s sleep during the recovery period after a tummy tuck procedure and aid in the natural healing process.

Additional advice for tummy tuck recovery

It is important to avoid strenuous activities during the tummy tuck recovery process, as this can cause further damage to the abdominal muscles and incision site. Additionally, it is important to wait at least six weeks before engaging in any sexual activities after abdominoplasty surgery. This will ensure that your body has had enough time to heal properly and reduce the risk of any complications or pain. Following these tips will help ensure a successful and comfortable recovery from your tummy tuck Omaha NE.

Take extra precautions during the recovery period after abdominoplasty surgery. This includes wearing compression clothing, which helps reduce swelling and provides support to the abdominal muscles. Additionally, it is important to keep an eye out for any signs of infection or risk of blood clots, as well as regularly change your surgical dressing and drain tubes every couple of weeks. It is also important to maintain a healthy daily routine during this time to ensure that you are getting enough rest and allowing your body to heal properly.

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