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7 Tips for Your First Shower After Tummy Tuck Surgery

  • 3 years ago

  1. Take a pain pill 30-60 minutes before the shower. This will help ease some of the pain.
  2. If you can sit while showering please do. A shower chair or something of that sort. It is hard to stand up when you are hunched over with the sore back etc.
  3. Wear that sexy elastic band I told you about for securing the drains. After my hubby put this on me the first time he stood back and said Whoa…SEXY! He was trying to cheer me up but all he did is make me laugh which put me in pain. He then bumped and tugged on one of my drains which hurt. He was a bit like a bull in a china shop with the shower care. He definitely was not use to caring for me in this manner. He did great and we made it through fine.
  4. Have someone there to help you get in and out of the shower and also dry you off. Ok my hubby’s face was priceless as he dried me off. He was so excited about the small flat tummy and the new and lifted Va Jay Jay. He had the look of a cat looking at a can of tuna! Big eyed and pretty happy. I quickly reminded him that the playground was closed for any recess for a while. He knew that but I just wanted to remind him. Poor man; he could dry it off after the shower and look at it but no recess on the playground.
  5. Don’t try to wash your hair while in the shower. It is not easy and seems to hurt for some reason. I had soap in my eyes, my back started to spasm and it was a disaster. Have someone help you wash your hair in the kitchen sink for the first week or so.
  6. Lotion up after the shower. It will make your skin feel amazing after all you have been through.
  7. Now this is the most important step….immediately following the shower go take a two hour nap. Seriously the shower feels great but it wears you out. Can’t explain it but trust me on this one. 

I showered the day after surgery and it felt amazing. Don’t be afraid to do it but make sure you have help the first couple of times.

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I recently got a TV and stomach muscle tightening April 7th.... is been 10 days and I am in horrible pain totally swollen and am hating life. My plastic surgeon is the top one on my area and I trust him but he looks at my tummy and says how great it looks but I don't see it. I can't walk for more a few minutes without the pain in my stomach and back almost brings me to my knees. How long does this last. I have an amazing fiancé who is so supportive but not sure how much more I can take. How long will this last?
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TO sorry
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I had my tt on April 6th. I still h e 2 drains in. Hopefully they get removed tomorrow. Im still not walking straight. My dr said i am still swollen. Im suppose to go back to work Monday which would b 10 days but not sure if i can. How long did it tk every1 b4 going back to work n b4 swelling went down?
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Having my TT and lipo tomorrow so excited and scared I can barley stand it ( like a kid whose going to Disney Land the next day) the part I'm most scared about is the drainage tubes:/ I've heard they are painful when they get removed. Is this true?? I think I'm pretty much prepared items and supplies wise and help as well. We have my aunt coming to stay for two weeks because my husband means well but not have the best bedside manner lol ( which I'm also a little nervouse about) anyhow I just want to say how thankful I am to have found this site! It's nice to know other ladies are feeling what I am. Any of you have a toddler? How was it while recovering? Our youngest is 19 months and a major mommys boy, im really worried how he will be during my recovery.
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There was no pain when the tubes were removed...felt a little weird as I could feel them "slither" out...but no pain or even any discomfort at all.
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Had a TT on Wednesday 2/19. First shower was today. My husband took out the pain pump wires (not fun) and after the shower getting me dressed was unsettling. The gauze covering my drain insertion points got wet and the nurse said to replace it if it got wet. We thought she put extras in my take home bag but couldn't find them. So now I have other very large sterile pads covering both insertion points but scared of infection. I am taking antibiotics but I am still concerned.
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hello - I had lipo done on April 7th - still have the drain in - thought they would have taken it out at my post op visit last Thursday .. still draining at 7.5cc- pinkish red .. is that normal?? I am getting kinda concern .. any advise/insite on this is greatly appreciated.. thanks
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Oh yes you can have drainage for a while.  I would not worry, just keep an eye on it.  I know how annoying these can be but it will come out.   The pinkish red is a normal color as well.
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OMG this site has made my upcoming TT in March a much lighter load. I'm more anxious than anything about it all. All of you wonderful ladies have answered so many of my questions. THNAK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU :-)
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It seemed like the time before dragged but po is going so fast. I can hardly believe it has been 3 weeks. March will be here before you know it. Keep us posted.
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Glad yo have you here in the forum:)

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Im on week 5 now. For the first three days i wanred to die! Week 1 & 2 were difficukt especially showers which i found traumatic as i was used to having rhe binding on and was terrified every time i removed it So...week 5. I still have a bit of infection in my navel and still wearing the binding. but ive just been in the bedroom sorting out all the clothes that are now too big!! Fantastic!! Hang on in there, grit your teeth. there will be times when you wonder if it was the right thing to do...but believe me...it is worth it!
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I was the same when removing the CG, I felt like all my insides were going to fall out!
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Having tummy tuck wednesday!! Im nervous and excited..Pain level?? I have had a c-section...
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Hoping you're making out OK.
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I'm hanging In there!! Today is my first day after surgery and hurting so bad!! Thank you for your encouragement :-)))
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Hang on, it gets easier after the first week.  You got this girlie and will be fine.  
Picture the end results, get that visual going:)

You are a strong woman and can do anything you put your mind to!
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Kimmers25, how awesome are you?!?! Thank you for your encouragement... Day 2 and I'm feeling ok!! God bless!!
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You bet, you are going to be just fine and love the results.   Baby steps, and one day at a time.
xoxo
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Hey Kimmers25, Day 4 and I'm doing better. Can't wait for these drains to come out. Let me ask you, my stomach feels abnormally tight haha... Will I be able to tell results right away?
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The tightness lasts for a while but it will ease up.  I remember that so well and it drove me nuts.  
Getting the drains out feels so good and gives you a great feeling of freedom. 

You will see improved results as the weeks pass.  I noticed positive changes for the first year.
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Ok good!! I have about 10-15 pounds id still like to lose. I'm so excited and feel very optimistic. Thank you again for your encouragement. Any other suggestions ??? I haven't had a diet soda since my surgery and it feels great
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Stay focused, eat clean, get proper rest and all will be fine.    Keep away from any processed, sodium bomb foods. 

If you can remain stress free and positive this really helps.  The biggest help is staying patient, and knowing this just takes time.  
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Ok great!!! Thank you
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I had my last drain taken out yestetday. YIPEE! the first order of business was a shower. It felt like heaven. In a 12 hour time span I've been in the shower 2 times. You don't know how much you miss just the things you're use to doing for yourself until you can't. I'd love to chat a little longer BUT it's shower time.
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