Many who make a serious go at trimming down their midsections typically turn to diet and exercise. While both are noble endeavors and will definitely contribute to a healthier you, sometimes it seems almost as if it’s impossible to lose that extra layer of flab around your belly. The bad news is that many factors may force this goal seemingly just out of reach, and not all of them are within your control—genetics, for example. The good news is that a plastic surgery procedure most people have heard of, the tummy tuck, is specifically designed to get your belly where diet and exercise alone may not be able to.
What Exactly Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure performed to remove excess body fat, tighten loose skin, and do some abdominal muscle repair. It’s a popular procedure for men and women and is sometimes included in other groups of procedures like the mommy makeover.
A tummy tuck shouldn’t be thought of as a substitute for real weight loss, and you should be relatively close to your ideal weight for the best results.
What’s the Recovery After a Tummy Tuck Like, and How Do I Sleep?
There are different approaches and techniques when it comes to tummy tucks that will produce differing results. Some may be more invasive than others, but in general, the recovery from a tummy tuck will last about three to six weeks, with a very gradual return to more strenuous activities. Plan to have some help reaching and lifting things around the house for at least the first week.
One of the biggest challenges during a tummy tuck recovery is figuring out how to sleep comfortably in the early stages of your healing. At first, you’ll need to sleep with your waist bent slightly forward to prevent stress on the incisions near your hips. One of the best places to comfortably get in this position, while also keeping your head and feet slightly elevated, is your favorite recliner.
If you don’t have a recliner, you might try looking for contoured sleeping pillows. Or, try putting a pillow beneath your head and neck and one under your knees when you sleep. Make sure you sleep on your back, in a modified position, for at least 7-10 days. You can consult with your surgeon to determine the best time to start sleeping on your side or in other positions.
Sleeping after a tummy tuck procedure will feel different at first, but, like anything, it will start feeling normal pretty fast with a little practice.
Thinking About a Tummy Tuck?
If you’re thinking about a tummy tuck or a follow-up revision to a previous tummy tuck surgery, place your care in the hands of our experts at Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Zochowski has spent his entire career as a board-certified plastic surgeon combining art, medicine, and science to help patients restore confidence and feel absolutely wonderful in their own skin.
Please contact our plastic surgery office in Columbus, OH, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zochowski today. Send us a message through our website or call Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at (614) 490-7500.