Preparing for your recovery is just as important as preparing for surgery itself. Although some degree of post-tummy tuck swelling is inevitable, the amount of swelling can vary depending on the procedure. For example, a tummy tuck with liposuction, also known as the C.L.A.S.S.® drain-free tummy tuck, generally involves less swelling than a traditional abdominoplasty.* Regardless of which type of tummy tuck you’ve had, though, there are four tips that may help keep swelling to a minimum.*
1. Proper Diet
A high intake of leafy green vegetables along with some lean protein and whole grains give your body important vitamins and nutrients following surgery. Avoid high levels of sodium (especially prevalent in prepared foods like canned soups or vegetables) to keep fluid retention to a minimum, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
2. Appropriate Activity Levels
While you should avoid strenuous movements, a certain level of mild activity keeps your circulation going to limit risks of blood clotting and fluid pooling.* Ask your surgeon for recommendations on safe exercises you can do during your recovery, as well as any specific movements you should avoid.
3. Lymphatic Massage
Your lymphatic system transports fluids around the body, and, if not functioning properly, can cause fluid buildup characterized by swelling. Lymphatic massage is often recommended as an aid to support this process.*
4. Compression Garment
The compression garment that’s typically worn post-surgery can help prevent fluid accumulation and reduce swelling, and can also provide support to make movements more comfortable during your recovery.*
Recovery should be a time of relaxation, not discomfort, unnecessary swelling or stress. Be sure to ask your surgeon for additional tips for a faster tummy tuck recovery.*
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.