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5 Tips to reduce tummy tuck swelling

Swelling is a normal part of tummy tuck recovery, and while most of it resolves within the first 2 months, some residual swelling can last for 6 months to a year. The team at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery reminds our patients that taking the right steps in your initial recovery will help resolve swelling more quickly so you can enjoy your final result sooner.

Reduce swelling after tummy tuck with these tips and tricks:


1. Wear compression garments

A compression garment helps minimise the swelling around the midsection. It applies constant even pressure to your tummy to help fight inflammation, reduce water retention and achieve better abdominal contouring. You’ll typically wake up in your compression garment on the day of your surgery, and you’ll need to keep it on around the clock for the next few weeks. Do your best to wear it regularly and only remove it to bathe or unless instructed otherwise by your surgeon.


2. Stick to a healthy diet

Ensure you eat loads of fresh fruits and veggies to get the extra fiber and whole grains to your diet. Choose foods that are rich in lean protein as it helps with the tissue repairing process post-surgery. Eat foods that are high in Vitamin C and A, and limit your intake of processed foods. Make sure your fibre intake is optimal to maintain digestion and avoid constipation. 


3. Minimize your sodium intake and drink lots of water and fluids

Excessive salt can lead to swelling and bloating. It might lead to increased discomfort. The recommendation is to choose foods that are low in sodium and adjust the amount of salt in your meals. Drink enough water to heal throughout the day. Keeping your body well-hydrated encourages healing. Stay clear of alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can dehydrate your body. 


4. Get enough rest and move your body

Post tummy tuck surgery, you need time to heal and recover. Make sure you get enough sleep every night and take naps throughout the day. Strenuous activities interfere with the natural healing response of the body. However, it is important to move lightly around the house. A bit of gentle exercise will stimulate blood flow and improve circulation throughout the body. Try walking for a few minutes around your house. Avoid anything that can put a strain on your incisions.


5. Gentle lymphatic massage

 A gentle post-tummy tuck lymphatic massage may also help with swelling, although you want to make sure you check with your plastic surgeon about how to do this properly and how soon after your tummy tuck you should start.


Take the necessary steps and ensure you’re doing all that you can to reduce abdominal swelling and to aid in your recovery. If you’re ready to schedule your tummy tuck or have questions regarding your recovery post-op, consult with Dr. David Lo, Plastic Surgeon at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville. To SCHEDULE a CONSULTATION call (865) 306-5680 or you can also book online at: https://www.premiersurgicalplasticsurgery.com/request-a-consultation/