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Do's and Don'ts After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 3 years ago

Things you should NOT do after surgery:

At least for the first two weeks.

  • Clean your house.
  • Lift your kids or pets.
  • Drive – the first week for sure
  • Laundry
  • Weigh or measure yourself
  • Try on your clothes that you think will fit
  • Grocery shopping – pushing the cart and lifting the bags is harder than you think
  • Gardening
  • Other than walking – no exercise
  • Do not eat processed and packaged foods. The sodium will make you swell up like the Blueberry girl in Willy Wonka. Watch your sodium intake at all times.
  • Do not drink soda. You do not want to put anything in your body that will cause gas and bloating.
  • Don’t listen to negative people. There is always someone out there just trying to smack you down with their negativity. You did not do this procedure in vein, you are not selfish, you do deserve it, and you are not crazy to put yourself first for once. There is nothing better than feeling good about yourself. People who are jealous and closed minded will try to tear you apart in a second. I actually looked at one woman when she made a nasty comment to me and said the following to her……Did I ask for your opinion…NO, do I care what you think…NO, do I need your permission…NO, are you paying for this…NO. She was speechless and her jaw dropped. Yep, she was flapping her nasty comments at me and expected me to just take it….NOT.

Things you should do after surgery:

  • Take your pain meds as prescribed. Stay on top of the dose and take on time. For the first three days make sure you take them around the clock to stay ahead of the pain. Don’t wait until you are past the point of no return and rolling around in the bed in agony. Don’t be a hero!
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • Let people take care of you.
  • Massage your tummy gently. It helps circulation and feels good.
  • Stay positive because this all will pass.
  • Get outside and enjoy some sunshine. It will really help lift your spirits.
  • Log onto RealSelf.com to chat with your friends. All of us on here know how you are feeling so will help cheer you up if you need it.
  • Keep your eye on the prize and know there is an end to the healing process.
  • Be proud of yourself for taking this step to improve your life and body.
  • Be patient with the healing process. It is a long haul I know but you can do it. You will have good days and bad but it will all be worth it in the end. If you do get sad and depressed know that it is all part of the healing process. You are not crazy.
  • Trust your instincts with your body. If something doesn’t feel right call your doctor right away. It never hurts to get it checked out. That is why they are there! I am sure they have heard and seen it all. I am pretty sure my doctor thinks I am a total nut! But a harmless one at that…

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I just had my TT done on April, 15th, 2015. I felt great that day, my pain level is and has been a 5. I have more discomfort from the swelling and the girdle I'm wearing. The MOM is a MUST for the smooth move of the bowels. I haven't taken a lot of the pain meds, but still need the MOM. My emotions are on a roller coaster, but it's normal for me post surgery. I've got to suggest one thing that was never mentioned. I got a neck ring for traveling. It's supports my neck when I doze off sitting up. Best $ spent for this whole thing. I went a day with a stiff neck, not even thinking about a travel pillow. Sleeping sitting up stinks, having this pillow is worth a million to me! (Plus it's a cute leopard print). I've got to say- I can't even begin to express my excitement about my "playground" and upper thighs being lifted too!!! I had NO idea it was going to do what it did for them!!! I'm super excited for bathing suit season now!!
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Just returned from the dr,drains came off,and like he said I am healing nicely.It is such a relief without those drains I finically got to see the new me.Wow it's amazing even with the swelling.The pains from sitting up and lying down is gone but I still have to contend with the pain when I try to stand straight.Oh we'll and that too shall pass away.How ar you doing hope all your issues like mine is slowly fading away.
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Hey glad ur feeling better and got ur drains taken out.. I went yesterday to see my ps he took off the bandages n let me tell u I look like blueberry muffin there because he had to do alot of lipo on my sides. So I go to him in another week n see what he says.
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Thanks ! I guess you are still swollen will be much better by next week.I am too all my buttocks and my back and sides but u know comes with the territory.Hang in there I know you will look real good we just have to give it time.
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Blueberry muffin....I just love that!! I was exactly the same, even after 4 weeks PO, my skin is still kinda grey-ish. I consider those bruises a badge of honour in a war where the belly lost :-) Glad both you & Sexy are feeling better....isnt it just fabulous not having all that flesh hanging around??
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Honestly I cant say its fabulous not yet. Sleeping at night sucks n walkin sucks...im so miserable :(
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I never looked at it like that but yeah we won.Thanks it feels real good in knowing there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.
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Still early days....hang in there, it will get better. Promise! :-)
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Just a thought Ashley....are you still taking your pain medication? I needed at least ibuprofen & paracetamol right past week 2 & a little into week 3....only after that did I feel more comfortable. Take em if you need em hun...dont be a hero!
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They didn't give me much pain meds because I had the pain pump...I haven't really taken anything yet. I want get the clearance first from ps what I can take.
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Might be worth giving them a call if you're feeling so awful. We dont have the pain pump in the UK, I was on morphine immediately post op, then paracetamol/codeine for a few days before just paracetamol & ibuprofen (The US equivalent is Tylenol I think)
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I had tt 1 week ago. I am having problems eating. I feel like something is stuck in my throat and chest. I am also suffering from a lot of nausea. I have stopped taking all meds. Anyone else experiencing the same thing?
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By the wy, today when i saw myself at the doctors office mirror, my breast looked amazingly nicer bigger aa my tummy looks so plain
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My day 5 walking straight. Pain pump away,i loved my body ! I saw it at the drs ' office today. Incision is ery thin. I am trying to be walking a lot and drinking water. First day i had a lttle cup of coffee. Fat injections in face re looking pretty nice. No bruises at all none in tummy or face. Dr. Gave me a pack with vitamins, bromelein and arnica montana to strt taking three days b4 surgery. I think it helped a lot not swolen. Thanks God. My regards to all girls here! You are amazing!
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Hi everyone, I just had my tt and lipo yesterday. Im in pain because of my back. The pain meds help very lil. When I walk im so hunched that its worse. They told me to keep walking around because the pain pump works with gravity. I just want the days to go by already. :(
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It will soon pass hon,trust me there is light at the end of the tunnel and you will love it.Eat healthy and rem to drink plenty of water you will be fine.
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Thank you. I have hope now! I was reading a blog earlier and a lot of people were complaining of the same symptoms but they were a year or two out. They were saying they regretted the decision to have the surgery. I was thinking that I can't live like this. Thank again for your comments.
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Thanks for replying. Im using a heating pad which is helping me get some sleep finally. I know tommorow I have to start walking. Im definitely drinking alot fluids and using the bathroom frequently.
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I think I would of been in more pain if I had drains but thank god I dont. I surely do not regret my decision, ive wanted this for very long time. Im just hating the pain
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Even with the drains in its not that bad and the drains do help with the healing process.I was reading where some dr put them in and some don't any way try to focus on the positives and not the negatives.Itry to read more uplifting comments so as not to feel down.I too had back pains especially when I stay up for a long time,hopefully it will ease up a lot when when I eventually straighten up fully.Like you this was my dream and thank you lord for bringing me safety through and I know he will continue to take care of you and I and all my tt ladies.All you tt ladies out there let's get the positive vibes flowing through the air in unison so that we allllll can heal as quickly as possible.
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Yes thank the lord that everything went well for u and me and the rest of the ladies that got a tt done. Tomorrow I go and see my doctor his going to remove my badges im actually very nervous to see my stomach its been a very long time since I had one. Lol
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Ha ha me too but on day three he had me removed it wash the band and take a sponge bath and replace.Did that and hey it's been a long long time since i looked down and saw every thing without having to lift that flap lol .Mine is very numb I hear that's normal have to discuss that with my dr on Monday though .It felt veryyyyyy strange when I touched it .I heard it can take a while before the numbness goes away huh. Waiting to see but as I we say God is control.
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Do u have a pain pump?
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No never had one.
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U have before and after pictures? I will be posting mine tomorrow.
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