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Any tips to speed up tummy tuck recovery?

  • chickenlady184
  • Massachusetts
  • 4 years ago

Please, any advice to speed up my recovery? I am six days post full tummy tuck and lipo and can barely make it across the house without extreme pain and needing to sit down. Of course sitting is also painful. how long will this last, i thought it would be much better by now!!

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Will have tummy tuck and breast lift one week from today. I've read a lot about what to have on hand and to be ready for my recovery, I think I'm ready...any other ideas you can add that you wish someone told you would be great. I'll have 24/7 help from my husband for as long as I need it, however, not good at asking for help.
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You need the help!!!
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Wow!!! I cant believe all the replies , thanks so much for all the love , the hernia repair , and tummy tuck went well , only one set back , noticed alil swollening lower belly area and above private area , and at follow up needed blood to be drained and kept out of work for two more weeks !!!
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I am now 10 weeks post op and have fantastic results although my doctor reminds me this is a process. Full results can be seen at 6 mths. Hang in there ladies. I promise you it gets better. My scars are really lightening up (Full TT and Breast Lift-anchor incision). My doctor suggested wearing the compression garment 24 x 7 for 3 months and applying simple coco butter with vit E as opposed to expensive scaring creams. Not that they don't work but the coco butter will work just as well. I also increased water intake and got off the meds as soon as I could. I am now free to resume exercise (cardio and core work) and am finally starting to adjust to my new figure....loving it. First time I've ever actually been excited about buying a swim suite. I still swell in the afternoons and attempted going a few hours without a compression garment. Looked like an alien was trying to escape :) but all in all, I couldn't be happier with my results.
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VAPatient, what style and brand of compression garment are you wearing? I am also 10 weeks PO today and have an appt with my PS tomorrow for Extreme swelling above my belly button area. It's awful, really hoping for some type of answers at my appt tomorrow. If you could comment here or send me a PM, I would really appreciate it!! Thank you!!
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I've spent a fortune looking for "the ideal" compression garment without success. I wear the one the surgeon gave me (velcro) to bed each night and a high waist, spanx garment during the day. I too found the upper abdominal swelling at times but mostly because I just couldn't find anything that fit. I have a very small waist and round hips. A small spanx fits my waist but it takes me 15 minutes to get them over my hips. And if I wear a medium, it provides little to no support for the waist and is really too big, even in the hips. You also have to watch out for garments with boning or thick seams. Maidenform has a nice high waist pantie girdle that has probably been the most comfortable (no seams and less polyester feel). Anyone else found something that works well?
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Thank You!! I think the one that I was trying to use during the day was just too tight which made me feel like I was spilling out over the top. At some points, I could barely breathe and I bought the Large one that others on this page had recommended from Walmart (I did remove all of the Boning from it before I ever wore it. I'm not a very big person (at least I didn't think I was) but I am really feeling like a stuffed sausage and its quite painful. I do sleep with the velcro binder from the PS but that is also feeling pretty big right now, but it's my security at night for sure. We've had a good relationship these past 10 weeks, Ha Ha!!
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Are you going to be posting any pics of your progress?? I have also been living with the cocoa butter as my new BFF!!! Helps my skin to not feel like it's ripping away from my body.
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Agreed! I hate that stuffed sausage feeling and I am so ready to stop wearing the garments. I only wish I had thought to buy some stock in the Coco-Butter industry. I go through a bottle every 2-3 days. :) I'm using it in the mornings and at night. Will definitely post some pics. Hope all went well with the post op appointment. I'm now working on massaging the scar tissue under my breast (anchor style breast lift). Anyone doing the massage?
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I wear a compression cami called self expressions by maidenform - and it goes down to my hips. Not sure if i need a spanx panty type thing too- but this is tight and works for my small waist as well as my hips.
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Thanks fat2fit! I'll check it out.
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Where did you buy it!!! Im really swollen
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The panty girdle I use was purchased at Kohl's. It was recommended by my PS' Physician's Assistant.
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Maybe i will today !!!! Still feeling alil tight and bloated
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You did tummy tuck and breast lift together ??? :( i wanted to do the same but i need a hernia repair so they did repair and tummy tuck now ill do my boob lift in august or sept hopefully
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Yes, I did both at the same time. Now that I'm on the other side of recovery, I'm glad I did but could see how separating them could be a good thing Mommyc04, especially in the beginning.
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Wow thats great !! I wish i could have done all three at once
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Pls tell me what your PS said about the swelling above your belly button...... I am 7 days PO and am having the same prob
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Hello ! My Ps recommend that I continue using the abdominal binder for a few more weeks , girl 7 days is the beginning , I've been almost 8 months and still swollen , but also needed to have blood aspirated twice already , I go back next Monday we'll see what he says then ..
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Hello I had my peneculactummy on 8/21 and just started to go back to my regular life style gradually. I've notice when I have an active day I am blooded or swollen. Are you saying that normal it's not that I'm getting fat in the belly?
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Hi everyone, My name is Maria. I'm currently almost 4 weeks post op. In the beginning was a little painful so I avoided the pain killers by only Taking Tylenol 650 mg every 4 hours. I discontinued the pill after 3 days. I started taking lot's of water that will speed up the recovery more b/c you are providing fluids to your body. I decided to walk even though it was painful every 1 hour. After a week I was back to work( I work in an office sitting down so it was not so uncomfortable. The only issue I have is on my lower abdominal area that gets super swollen at the end of the day. In my particular case I only had tummy tuck not lipo b/c my doctor says that it takes the oxygen from your body and you heal slower . I have lost 12 pounds and I feel exited to see my body after a few more weeks when the swelling goes away. That's my only concern and also the scar close to the pubic area that is more red than the rest. Can someone tell me??? It's really dry b/c I clean it 2 times a day with alcohol but is more red than the rest of the surgery( It also looks Swollen) Helppppp
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I am 6 days post op. I am so discouraged- none of my clothes fit and I still can't stand up straight. I only had skin removal-- so frustrating. I am taking tylenol for pain-- the incision hurts and I feel like I am going to bust my seams. Hahaha
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Don't worry, I'm 4 weeks post op and I still can't stand up completely straight. it might be bc i'm afraid that I might have of the pressure that I feel in my muscles tight up. just take the Tylenol as your doctor said but try to support the pain by yourself. pills will help you with the pain for a period of time then is psychological. I drank Tylenol for 3 days after the surgery and up to date I have not take any more pills. I don't have that much pain just discomfort. Good Luck!!!
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My biggest sadness is that I am actually bigger now than I was before surgery. My clothes are too tight- not too loose. I dont get it. The PS said i am not swollen- but what is it then?? Thank you for your support. I know its only been one week- and i am anxious.
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In my first week after the surgery it happened the same after the 2 week lost 10 pounds worth of fluids that the body was retaining!
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