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Tummy Tuck Recovery

What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck

After getting a tummy tuck here in Honolulu, Hawaii, you will undergo a post-operative recovery. Your body needs time to heal and to react to the changes created by your surgery. What can you expect in the days and weeks after your tummy tuck?

Understandably, patients want to know how long the recovery process will take. The answer depends on a variety of factors. One of the most important is your health and fitness. For example, patients who are in better physical shape before the tummy tuck will not need as long to recover.

Exercise in the days and weeks after liposuction surgery can also affect recovery time. Simple non-aerobic exercises, such as walking, have been found to reduce swelling and help strengthen your immune system. This exercise should not be started without the advice and consent of Dr. Ching, however. Starting too soon after your surgery can actually have negative effects on your recovery.

Post-Tummy Tuck Surgery Recommendations

You will have some swelling and pain for a few days. Medication may be prescribed to help you get through this time. If this is necessary, it’s essential that you follow Dr. Ching’s recommendations on taking the medicine and/or a bed rest regimen.

Dr. Ching may also give you guidelines on:

  • how much bed rest is required
  • showering or bathing
  • how quickly you should start exercise (including walking)
  • when you may return to work
  • as well as recommendations on when and how to engage in other activities

These recommendations are made to ensure that you have the quickest and safest recovery possible. Not following them could increase the time needed for your body to fully heal and recover. They are also aimed at getting the most ideal results from your tummy tuck surgery.

There is also the matter of a post-operative scar. Although this is almost unavoidable, be assured that Dr. Ching’s skill, and his use of the latest techniques and technology, produces the minimum amount of scarring.

Often the procedure can be done so that the bikini or swimsuit area will cover any scarring. This will be discussed during your initial consultation so you know exactly what will be done during the surgery – and how it will be done.

Again, your health and fitness will have an impact on the recovery time needed. That is where you can play the greatest role in your recovery. Ask Dr. Ching what you can do before your tummy tuck surgery in order to have the greatest impact on the time afterward.

Contact us today for a personal, confidential consultation with Dr. Ching regarding tummy tuck surgery in Hawaii. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and concerns. Or go to our main Hawaii Tummy Tuck page.

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