Do's and Don'ts After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 4 years ago

Things you should NOT do after surgery:
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Drink soda. You do not want to put anything in your body that will cause gas and bloating.
  • 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…
If you have any questions please reach out to me at Kimmers25.

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I am a Wellness Center Director and Group exercise instructor for Functional Fitness for the Actively Aging and 5k Training classes. I am hoping that I am able to start my functional fitness classes after 2 weeks and my running classes after 4. We will see what my Dr. says. I do know that if you return to working out too soon, it can do a lot of damage and may slow down the healing process it even result in further surgery. I would think that walking on the treadmill for a few Days before resuming running for you at just 3 1/2 weeks out would be best. Ask your Dr. and listen to your body. Best of luck to you!!
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I Needed this today. 4 days post surgery and wanting to do too much.
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Go slow and really pamper yourself for a while.  Don't ruin your results.
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I had a tummy tuck and lipo 4 weeks ago which I am really pleased with. I just needed the wobble tightening and they only took 650g from me. Since having it done my husband has touched me sexually or snuggled me up in bed. I am now beginning to worry as we had before hand a very active sex life. Is this normal ? I have tried to comment about it but he just pretends not to hear me. I am still wearing my compression garment as only 4 weeks in and yes it is a massive turn off, but even when I'm walking round after a shower he's doesn't even look. I love my husband and I know he loves me but this is very alien to our relationship and I'm not used to not being cuddled or sexually active.
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He is probably afraid of hurting you. Most PS would tell you not to have any sex until at least after six weeks. Confront him directly in a loving, non-threatening way.
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He is just afraid he will hurt you is all.  They always freak out and get strange with things they have no control over.  He will be ok.  Just talk to him and tell him how you are feeling and what you need.

You have to tell men, because they really have no idea unless you ask, show or tell them:)
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Add another. Don't change your sex life. That is what happened to me. My wife BEGGED for a breast lift and TT. I told her she looked fine. But she said, "Oh if I do, I will feel so much better about myself and it will make our intimacy so much better." BS. I have worked hard and provided and given her everything and anything she ever wanted. Since the surgery, our sex life has gone south..BIGTIME. Every excuse in the book. Go ahead and hate away. I am not some fat load with bad breath. This surgery is elective. I have no sympathy for any woman who gets it and has problems. Just as I have no sympathy for any man who gets a penile enlargement and is now impotent. Both cases: Their own choice. She had this surgery 8 years ago. And guess what? She has a tummy all over again! What a waste of money. I resent ever agreeing with her to get it done.
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You're so sad
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Butterfly81, I believe you may misjudging schubby a bit harshly. Obviously there are other issues in the marriage besides a TT and breast lift. There's one issue that he paid for it even though he thought she looked fine. There are many other issues we don't know about and can't judge because we are not in the marriage. His remark about he has no sympathy for anyone that ends up with problems is disturbing because even though it was their choice, there are doctors out there that do not do their job correctly and that happens in regular medical procedures also so, schubby, you need to work on having more empathy. I suspect that the lack of sex in his life from his wife has to do with his attitude towards her. Women need to feel loved before they can have sex. Nuff said.
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I do understand what your saying and do realize that there is much more going on with your marriage than just this surgery. I had the same procedure your wife did and have to say that my sex drive is higher and better than ever. I dont think your wifes lack of libido has anything to do with the surgery it has to do within herself. I do agree with you thogh on the cost of the surgery. We had to refi our house to get the money to do this surgery for me. It was very expensive and we could have done so much with that money. But my husband also did it because he knew how much it meant to me after loosing 140 pounds. But i also see your point that if he spent all that money on me to feel better about myself he would be devistated if i gained the weight back and the surgery was a waste of time and money, so i totally get you there. But when it comes to complications of surgery i dont agree with you. I was very fortunate and had no complications but my heart does go out to those who do. Alot of the time its in the doctor you choose and how the surgery is performed and NOT what people do after surgery to warent such complications. So i do see your point on some of what your saying but dont agree with some of it. I do hope your marriage gets better but for most of us on this site we did the surgery to gain our confidence back and feel better about ourselves. Best of luck to you and your wife.
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I believe you are directing your comments to the wrong person. I was chastising Butterfly on her comment to Schubby.
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Sorry i was responding to the schubby i thought i hit reply to him. It must have just posted under you im not sure. Sorry wasnt meant to be under you was for the hubby!
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Chastising me. We are adults not children and I am entitled to my own opinions. He shared his feelings and I shared mine. It's just that simple.
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Fyi, my ba and ttt has done amazing things for mine and my husband's sex life! It has never been better! @zog, I would do what you can to flirt with your husband and to let him know that he won't hurt you. Most importantly, communicate and stop assuming what he's thinking. @schubby, I'm sorry you haven't found the intimacy that you were looking for. I think if you really do what you can to make her feel beautiful, you'd be amazed at how your sex life would improve! Just a suggestion. When we have these surgeries, all we want is just to feel beautiful, at least that's what I wanted, and that's what I got!
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O dear
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I agree@
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I had my TT on Tuesday, today I had my first shower. Feels amazing, lol Pain 1-10 is 1, only sometimes sharp pain in my abs.Is it the muscle tightening resolt? Thank you
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Hello I had my tummy tuck on Friday 8.15.14. I know whatbyou mran about the shower. I started having some sharp pains mine ended being gas pains. When I took gas ex it went away.
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Thank you for your reply. The sharp pain is better. It was when i was getting out of bed. Or recliner.Still swollen, itchy but already very happy with result!
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Hi there, can you advise please? Planning Face lift day1 then day 5 TT, total stay will be 14 nights, will I be fit to fly back to England after that? Also want to go back to work (office based) 2 weeks post op, will I be up to that? Thanks x
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Having all of this done I do not recommend going back to work 2 weeks post op.  My personal recommendation is 3-4 weeks off work.  Trust me on this one:)
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My doctor wrote me a note to go back to work after 10 days. My employer asked for the note so that he can request more vacation time for me (employer is super supportive, but they need documentation). I'm concerned that it may be too soon. Is it possible to ask this doctor to modify my note? I'm not sure what to do. Would like at least 2 weeks
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Ten days is definitely too soon.  I would ask the doctor to add a few more days to the note.  
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Thanks for the info and for being positive had my tummy done a week ago and I'm freaking out about everything !! Read this post and it helped :)
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I am glad this was helpful for you:)
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