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Back to Work After Tummy Tuck? 10 Quick Tips for Speedy Healing

  • 5 months ago

If you poke around for a sec in the RealSelf tummy tuck community, you're going to find glowing reviews of restored self-esteem and unbelievable before-and-after pics.

You'll also find getting that bikini-clad "after" can be challenging -- but having some "know how" ahead of time is half the battle.

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My wife had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation on Wednesday. I am tracking her meds and taking care of the drain tube and just helped her with her first shower. I rented a hospital bed for her and making sure she is doing her exercise for the breast augmentation. Love 5 his site and wondering if there is anything else I should be doing to help with the healing process? She is my world.
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Awww she is a very lucky girl to have someone that cares about her as passionately as you do kuddos to you.
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Week 6 plus 2 days, well the swelling has not been my friend the past couple of days, sigh! I am sure this is just part of the healing process????? Week 5 was wonderful, was feeling great and smaller and felt the swelling had slowed down. Woke up this morning and Hello, there is that darn swelling again. Now don't get me wrong it has been a lot worse but I was disappointed that it wasn't less. Not going to let that stop me though, still went for a jog yesterday and did some weights today, cleaned and cooked dinner. Tomorrow I will have to rest at work, probably going to be a sweat pants type of day. Anyone else still swelling on week 6?
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Oh Kansas, I'm sorry! I am just now doing light cardio. I am almost to week 6 and still sooo swollen... Not any better :( I put on shorts today from last summer and they strangled my tummy and love handles. I am finally done with my second round of treatment for the c.diff so I am starting to feel better in that respect.... But I feel enormous in body size ! I wish I would have lipo in my flanks! Did you?
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I did have lipo on my sides and around the muffin top. I just feel like I have thunder thighs and wonder how that can be since I was 110 pounds and wore a size 00 (but it was getting a little snug from vacation and holidays). Surely I don't won't wind up with a flat tummy and ginormous thighs. Hopefully this is just another step in the healing process and tomorrow will bring a new day. Awesome that you are done with the treatment and feeling better. Isn't it funny the better you feel (especially the mind) and the more you do the more swelling and weird stomach moves occur? Tonight I could feel the tummy just tightening like crazy, so hopefully it is another step to healing. I say when we get healed up and in our pre surgery clothes we toast a celebration drink via email!
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Kansas I am still swelling at week 8. It's not as bad as I it was. I'm trying to stay positive. Good luck.
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Glammom, did you have lipo? Are your hips and upper thighs swollen also?
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Kansas, The toast via email sounds perfect:) Ummm I would kill to weigh 110! I am usually about 125 but since my surgery I am up in weight?! SOOOO strange! I saw my PS yesterday and he said I can expect to be this swollen for about 6 months! As for exersize he told me light cardio only.....said I can't even lap swim yet. Ugh. I am just trying to think a year down the road....when all is settled and I am in shape again how worth this all it will be:)
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I really, really need to get some kind of compression garment!! I am 6 weeks out. I weigh 135 and am 5'4. Any suggestions would be great!
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Hi everyone. I'm working on my forum lingo but I had my TT on the 4th and am feeling great. The swelling is the only uncomfortable thing right before surgery I weighed 147 and I weigh 157 now so talk about water retention and swelling. Other than that I've already cut my pain medication in half and excited to see my surgeon tomorrow. Summer dresses are calling my name!
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Welcome to the forum ladies:)
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Hi Kim and everyone.. I am new - my name is Kay .......had lipo last Monday - drain tube still in and am miserable ... still draining at 7.5cc - going for my 7 day visit on Tuesday I am hoping to get the drain out ...): --
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Hey sweetie, welcome to the forum. Prepare yourself as I doubt they will take the tubes out. I was around 11 days before those twins were detached from my life. Hang in there though because you don't want them out to early so you don't retain unnecessary fluids . As awful as they are they serve a purpose. Good luck with your visit, and this site is a wealth of information along with morale support from those who are healing from the same experiences.
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Welcome Jesus 1967! I didn't have drain tubes or lipo ( I had a tt) so I am no good for advice on that, I apologize. Hang in there!!
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Thanks ........ I am keeping my fingers crossed:)
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Hang on!   This will come to an end soon.   You are going to be fine and be rid of these things before you know it.
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Hello tummy Tucker's, I had my tt, lipo of flanks and muscle tightening 5 days ago. I get my drains out today. I walked up the stairs in my house on day two and it wasn't bad at all. I think the more you get up and moving the better. I try not to just sit still for too many hours because I become stiff. What is the best compression garment to wear?
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I had my TT on Jan 10th. I still get swelling , especially later in the day. It helps to sleep I'm your compression garment or at least the band. I wear a spanx compression top or some type of binding every day to work. If I don't I get terrible swelling mid day. I had extended TT with muscle repair and I am also over 50. Maybe that is why it is taking longer. I truly do love the way I look. I have lost 15 pounds since January and my waist is getting smaller. Go online, look up squeem, or faja for some ideas on garments. I actually feel better with one on than off. Hope this helps.
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Ok, thx for the ideas! I really, REALLY hope I am not still swollen like this in 4 months!!!
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Gift4me, I haven't been wearing any garment at all since week of my surgery and I really need to! My swelling is awful!!! What do you suggest?
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I'm ten days post op and my waist is no where near small as I want it to be! My is said I can buy a sport squeem to give the curves I want. Does anyone had advice for a good squeem?
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Dicali, I think 10 days is way to early to tell! I'm 4.1 weeks out and sooooo swollen still:( What's a squeem? Sounds like a need one:)
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Question for everyone. I am 4 weeks out and way more swollen than I was when I was 2-3 weeks out. I look like a box:( My pants are WAY more tight then they were before the surgery. I knew this could happen but I keep hearing from people that have his the same surgery that by 4 weeks their swelling is down?
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I am the same way, I swear the swelling is never going to leave. I have read all these post about people loving their TT right away and how flat they are in a few weeks, not the story with me. Any other TT have any words of wisdom? Is this the norm? I just can't believe that a flat tummy at 4 weeks is the norm and I am the odd one out. I did return to the PS at week 3 to have a stitch removed from the BB and said all looked great and to be patient. Sum8886 and I are looking for some input.
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