Tips on Reducing Swelling After Tummy Tuck from our Surgeons
The tummy tuck, technically known as abdominoplasty, is a fairly serious surgical procedure which can involve a lengthy recovery.
Many of our abdominoplasty Manhattan and Long Island patients want to know how to minimize tummy tuck recovery, particularly the bruising and swelling after tummy tuck.
It’s important to keep in mind that bruising and swelling are normal and to be expected during the abdominoplasty recovery, or any surgery for that matter.
Fortunately, there are things that patients can do both before and after surgery to help reduce the amount of bruising and swelling that occurs after the tummy tuck.
Pre-Op Tips for Reducing Swelling After Tummy Tuck for our Manhattan & Long Island Patients
Both patients and surgeons can take efforts prior to surgery to help minimize bruising and swelling during the tummy tuck recovery phase. For the doctor, proper surgical technique and planning can help to keep swelling in check.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we tell our tummy tuck Manhattan and Long Island patients not to smoke for at least two weeks – preferably longer – before surgery and to not start smoking again at all afterward.
This is because smoking interferes with the healing process and, as a result, swelling and bruising may remain longer and other complications such as improper wound healing and infections may result.
Post-Op Tips to Minimize Swelling After Abdominoplasty in our Manhattan & Long Island Centers
It’s normal for the abdomen to appear swollen right after tummy tuck surgery. This swelling can extend from the abdomen down to the genital region as well as the upper thighs and may even continue down to the lower legs.
The abdominal skin flap in particular may stay swollen for several weeks after surgery and this can be vastly improved with the use of a compression garment. For this reason, patients should be sure to wear their compression garments as prescribed.
Patients should also be sure to start walking as soon as possible after surgery. Applying cool compresses, drinking plenty of water, limiting sodium, following a proper diet and gently massaging the area can also help to minimize swelling after tummy tuck.
Swelling may last for four to six weeks or even longer during the tummy tuck recovery, but it will gradually resolve. Bruising is also very common after surgery, particularly around the stomach and surrounding area, and this will resolve over time as well.
To learn more about the tummy tuck or to schedule a free consultation at our abdominoplasty Manhattan or Long Island centers, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York today.
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