Compared to most body contouring surgeries, tummy tuck requires longer recovery because it often uses a hip-to-hip incision under the belly button and possibly very close to the pubic area to remove the loose skin and correct the splayed abdominal muscle.
Despite some “tradeoffs,” surveys have suggested that tummy tuck patients score themselves high in terms of satisfaction and improvements in their quality of life.
To help you enjoy a more convenient and [possibly] quicker recovery after tummy tuck, body contouring expert Dr. Tarick Smaili has provided a list of supplies that you will most likely need:
* Pain medications. Because these drugs may also have some side-effects such as constipation, your doctor will recommend the lowest dose possible but still able to provide you enough relief within the first few days after your surgery. In some cases, your doctor may also recommend stool softener.
* Comfortable clothes. They include loose-fitting button-down shirt, robes, and cotton “granny” panties.
* Food supplies. Ready- and easy-to-cook food supplies may be necessary if your caregiver will only be around for a couple of days. But you must also stock some fresh fruits and vegetables and protein shake because they are packed with nutrients that pave way for quicker healing, and saltine crackers in case that you feel nauseated.
* Gauze pads, ointments, and other supplies that will help keep your incision clean and infection-free.
* Books and other reading materials. At least within the first three days after your surgery, it will be difficult to get in and out of bed because of the discomfort and post-op pain. As a result, you need some form of “entertainment” to avoid getting bored.
* Compression bands. At least buy a pair of compression bands so you will always have something clean to wear. With regular use, they are said to encourage the skin to heal closer to the body, minimize swelling, and possibly encourage faster recovery.
* Ice packs. You may also use Ziplock bags filled with peas as an alternative to conventional ice packs. With proper use, cold compress can minimize swelling and help you cope with post-op pain.
* Silicone sheets and scar creams. While each doctor has his own recommendations on the “best” treatments, the consensus is that a scar that is not yet fully “mature” is more “responsive” than an old scar. Silicone sheets are particularly ideal because they prevent collagen to form within the dermis.