Cosmetic Surgery Tips

Tummy Tuck Post Op 3 Weeks

3 weeks post-op, I’m feeling great. My stomach is still tight and my scar is healing nicely.

I’ve had a few questions about what to expect after the first two weeks, so here’s an update:

For the first two weeks, you will be required to wear compression garments 24 hours a day. Also, you must avoid strenuous activities for at least six weeks. After that, you can gradually ramp up your activity level. It is important not to engage in any activity that could cause abdominal muscles to tighten or strain. This includes running, weightlifting and sit-ups.

As far as pain goes, it varies from patient to patient but most people experience some soreness for about three days after surgery. This can be managed with pain medications prescribed by your doctor or prescribed over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). You should take these medications according to the label directions and avoid taking them with alcohol or other drugs that may interact with them.

There may also be some swelling and bruising around incisions where liposuction was performed on this area of your body; however, this should subside within one week of surgery. If you experience severe bruising near incisions that lasts.

What to Expect Week 3 Post-Op

At three weeks post-op, many patients have already returned to work and stopped taking their prescribed medication. However, don’t feel rushed if you’re not ready yet. Continue speaking with your doctor about what’s best for you.

Possible Side Effects

You should begin to feel improvement by three weeks post-op tummy tuck. During this time:

  • Pain is lessened
  • You may be able to stand straight
  • Swelling and bruising is minimal
  • Numbness may still be present
  • Incisions are healing normally

Tips for Care Week 3 Post-Op

While you may feel almost normal, continue to follow your doctor’s recommendations and the tips below to not derail your healing.

  • Keep up with compression efforts: Wear your compression garment at least half of the time, removing only when needed to shower or bathe.
  • Avoid lifting: Don’t lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk to avoid stretching the skin and placing undue strain on your abdomen.
  • Let your body be your guide: Don’t push it if your body is resisting. You may be able to move more freely, but be careful not to overdo it.

Tummy Tuck Scar Care Week 3 Post-Op

If you began using embrace® Active Scar Defense, it should be replaced every ten days with new dressings. When removing embrace®, use baby oil to loosen the adhesive and peel the dressing away from the skin slowly. Then, allow the skin to breathe for around 12 to 24 hours before replacing the dressing.

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