A tummy tuck is a procedure to eliminate the loose skin and fat located around the abdominal region after extreme weight loss or pregnancy. It requires about six weeks of recovery time before you can resume all of your normal activities, such as exercise and lifting objects.

Swelling after undergoing a tummy tuck procedure is normal, but there are many ways that you can reduce it and maintain your results.

Exercise Carefully

It is important that you do the appropriate amount of exercising after a tummy tuck. Walk around your house or even down the block the first day you feel comfortable enough to walk a short distance. You can then start increasing this walking pace every day. Avoid sit-ups, jogging or stretching your hands above your head because this can increase the chances of swelling and also slow your recovery time.

Eat WellReduce Swelling after a Tummy Tuck by Eating Well

Do not eat a lot of salt during your recovery period. Having a large sodium intake will cause water retention and bloating, particularly in the stomach area. Do not eat fast foods or chips, salted nuts or anything else with a high salt content.

Also avoid consuming caffeine. This will also retain fluid in your body and make you swell. Avoid soda, coffee, caffeine pills and also some teas.

Be sure to drink plenty of water. This will not bloat you, but rather help you stay hydrated and avoid constipation after your surgery, which can cause swelling.

Get a Massage

You can talk to your doctor and find out if massage treatment could work for you. A gentle massage can help promote blood flow and circulation, flush out toxins, and speed up your recovery time.

Contact Our Abdominoplasty Centers in New York

To learn more about beating the bloat after surgery, call our NYC or Long Island abdominoplasty centers to get more post op tummy tuck tips.

Our staff has your best interest in mind and wants to not only provide you with optimal plastic surgery results, but also with great care after your procedure.

We will work closely with you to answer all of your questions and also to address any concerns that you may have about the surgery. You will feel comfortable in our facility and will receive the best care possible.

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.