Cosmetic Surgery Tips

Tummy Tuck Post Op 3 Weeks

Each person feels pain differently, but for about three days after surgery, most people feel some kind of pain. You can take over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) or painkillers that your doctor has recommended to help with this. Taking these medicines should be done exactly as written on the bottle. They may not work as well if you drink alcohol or take other medicines at the same time.

In the places on your body where liposuction was done, you may also have some stiffness and pain around the cuts that were made. In about a week, this should be gone. Is there a lot of swelling and pain around the cuts that won’t go away?

What to Expect Week 3 Post-Op

At three weeks post-op, it is common for many patients to have already returned to work and stopped taking their prescribed medication. However, it is important not to feel rushed if you are not ready yet. Every individual heals at their own pace, and it is crucial to continue speaking with your doctor about what is best for you. Your doctor can provide guidance on when it is safe to return to work and when it is appropriate to stop taking medication. It is important to prioritize your health and well-being during the recovery process, so listen to your body and follow your doctor’s recommendations.

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.

Warning Signs After Tummy Tuck

The same surgical procedure is also known as an abdominoplasty. In this major operation, we will be removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This will lead to a flattening and shrinking of your stomach. Patients should be aware of some factors to ensure their safety following a belly tuck. Quick medical attention is required if you experience any of these signs.

  • Potential complications of a belly tuck include skin incisions and increased susceptibility to bruising and stiffness. However, if they worsen or persist for an extended period, it might indicate a more significant health issue, such as an excess of fluid or poor blood circulation. Finally, a fever is an immune system response to an illness. If you have any nausea or vomiting following your belly tuck, it is important to inform your doctor promptly.
  • Conquering a nasty cold: Infection might be the cause of red, hot, and swollen wounds. Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms should not delay in consulting a medical professional.
  • Smelly or very wet things. If the incision begins to emit an unpleasant odor or produces unusual discharge, it might indicate the presence of an infection. If you have any of these symptoms, it is crucial that you contact your surgeon without delay.
  • Breathing becomes difficult: If you experience difficulty breathing or chest pain after your stomach tuck, it might be due to a blood clot. Someone requires immediate medical assistance due to a very risky situation.
  • Experiencing a numbness or tingling: Tingling or numbness around the incision(s) can be symptoms of nerve damage, a potential consequence of abdominal surgery. This might be the beginning of a very bad situation if these symptoms persist or worsen.8 In due time, things will become better for you. Notify your surgeon right away if your incision is not healing properly, or if you see any indications of infection, such as persistent redness or pus.

Make sure you don’t miss a single post-op appointment so your surgeon can track your recovery progression. Got questions or concerns regarding your recovery or these side effects? Get in touch with your surgeon at the surgical center.

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