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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Yes lawd!!! I was really wondering how long I would have to wait to get a shower. I'm a clean freak and can not stand the smell of post surgical healing. Yuck!
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LOL..I know, there was no way I was waiting a week to shower.  Not happening:)
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Did you have to cover your drain site or suture site?
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I haven't had my procedure yet
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No, he told me to let the water fall over the tummy.  I didn't scrub or soap the area though.  
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I didn't have to...my docto did suggest I wear underwear in the shower to pin my drain to, this made it easier. I gently washed with antibacterial soap and my doctor later informed me I could wash with a little more pressure and let the water run off my body...I was not aloud to to have showers until my pain pump was out (about day 3 post surgery)
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thank you for your tips
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Absolutely:)  
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Best advice here! The shower felt like magic, and the glorious nap afterwards felt like getting away with a bag of gold. Yes, and the marvelously rich lotion (Cetaphil), especially on the legs and feet. Mmm yes. The small things after such a huge procedure are priceless. Great site. Thanks for making me feel better about my TT decision here. I'm excited to see how things settle post-pain/stitches/staples and tubing.
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I am glad you found us:)   Let me know if I can help you with anything.
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Trying to see if my posts are working. I seem to be posting but no replies. Hmmm Vicodin? Hello?
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We are here...gotta love the Vicodin.
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did anyone use a grab bar in the shower?
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I did not. I found it easier to use a fold up chair. It was to hard to stand. Especially since you can't stand up straight.
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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'm waiting for this to pass as well. The awful belly knots I feel. Like the suction from the drains- like how when you suck through a straw with one finger on the end. So it's time I think for them to be removed. I pray.
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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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I am still out of work and had the suegery on april 9th
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Are you still in alot of pain?
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No im not in any pain no more but now i am concerned that my scar is to high. I put a bathing suit bottom on and my scar on the sides was showing some. I go back to my dr on May 5th so i will have to talk to him about it then.
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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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Who performed you surgery ? because my main scare are the removal of the drains
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When i had my draines removed it was quick n easy really no pain at all. I have a 2 yr old whos actually been really good with being careful to mommys boo boo
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