While everyone experiences a different rate of recovery following their tummy tuck, these are things that may or may not pertain to your unique situation. For specific information, please ask Dr. Guirguis.
Your recovery begins immediately following your surgery. For a few hours, you’ll be under the dedicated care of Dr. Guirguis and your nurses in the recovery room. You’ll feel a little “woozy” as the effects of anesthesia will still be present. Pain medication can be given to you should you require it. Once you feel better, you’ll be able to go home where you can recover in the comfort of your own home.
The skin in the treated area will feel tight. To prevent compromising your incisions, you’ll be asked to move around slowly and carefully for the first couple of days after your surgery. You should get plenty of rest, lying on your back with pillows under your knees or on your side. However, you shouldn’t lie around all day. You are encourage to walk very slowly around, avoiding straining or lifting. This helps your blood circulation and promotes healing.
Abdominoplasty is more invasive procedure than other cosmetic treatments. As a result, you may need a couple of weeks off of work to recover properly.
To minimize the risk of infection, you may shower but do not take a bath or submerge your incisions under water. The bandage covering your incisions is watertight, so you don’t have to worry about changing it until Dr. Guirguis tells you. Fortunately, Dr. Guirguis also uses the drainless method, which means you won’t have to worry about dealing with messy drains or recording their contents.
You will receive a support garment that you should wear 24 hours a day for about three weeks after surgery, taking it off only when bathing. This garment is designed to encourage a great aesthetic result by helping your skin conform to its new sleeker shape and firm up your abdominal muscles. The compression also helps keep swelling to minimum.
Following your post operative care instructions closely facilitates proper healing of incision lines, allowing them to become less noticeable as time goes on. Some things that can help with this is to avoid exposing the area to sun and using the products that have been recommended to you by Dr. Guirguis.
Dr. Emad M. Guirguis is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a general surgeon, with additional recognition as a cosmetic surgeon. He is certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to perform cosmetic surgery, after completing a comprehensive cosmetic surgery certification process. Dr. Guirguis is also a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons. Dr. Guirguis currently has hospital privileges at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Read more about Dr. Guirguis.