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How to Handle Post-Tummy Tuck Pains

Tummy tucks can be a life-changing cosmetic surgery operation and completely change how you feel about your body. There are many advantages of this procedure, including a stronger core, minimal risks of certain medical conditions in the future, preventing hernias, improving control over bodily functions, and relieving stress about the abdominal area.

Having extra skin and fat around your tummy can be uncomfortable and lower confidence levels when you’re undressed. Many women and men benefit from tummy tucks even though there will be recovery time after the operation and some post-tummy tuck pains. There are some ways you can handle your post-tummy tuck pains and here we will explain how.

How To Sit After a Tummy Tuck

The recovery time after a tummy tuck is 1-2 months if you follow all the guidelines to help you heal as quickly as possible. It can be painful when recovering and changing your posture can help to avoid pains, sitting in a certain way will promote healing.

Your muscles will have been pulled tight during the operation, so during the week after the procedure, you will need to maintain a bent jackknife position. You will need to sit in this position when walking as well as sitting down. The more you heal, the more you can straighten your posture. Thinking about how to stand after a tummy tuck is crucial to healing, as well as how you are sitting.

When considering how to sit after a tummy tuck, you will need to sit in the jackknife position when sitting and lying down. When lying down, it’s recommended to keep your knees and feet lifted and your head should maintain an elevated position, you can use a cushion or recliner chair to help with this. Your abdominoplasty will then be protected if you keep practising this position for at least the first week.

How To Ease Back Pain After Tummy Tuck

How to ease back pain after tummy tuck is one of the most asked questions after the procedure, this is because you will need to keep a jackknife position and it can make your back hurt. Some of the best ways to ease back pain after a tummy tuck are taking pain killers 24 to 48 hours after the operation, like ibuprofen or naproxen.

You can also make sure you are lying down enough and not walking around too much. If you, unfortunately, have ongoing postoperative pain, you might need treatment for this in future, like over-the-counter medication. If you have less skin to be removed, you might be more likely to experience back pain, but this isn’t always the case.

How Long Do Tummy Tuck Scars Take to Fade  

When patients are wondering about scarring, it’s natural to consider how long do tummy tuck scars take to fade. It will be normal to have a scar from the operation, but in time they will hopefully fade. To avoid bad scarring and promote healing, you will be encouraged to wear compression garments including socks.

Many patients wonder ‘how long do I wear compression socks after a tummy tuck?’ and the answer is for around 6-8 weeks, but you can ask your surgeon for specific advice about this. Compression garments will obviously need to be removed when washing but kept on throughout the day to promote healing and minimise scarring.

Other Information To Consider

There is some more information you will need to consider before you book in for your tummy tuck. The most crucial information is the procedure time, which is usually about 1.5-2 hours and this will be under general anaesthetic.

If you decide to get your tummy tuck in Turkey, the accommodation and transfer time is 7 days, giving you time to relax before and after the operation. If you have any questions about our cosmetic surgery procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us or find out about more reasons to get a tummy tuck.