When does post op swelling go down after full tummy tuck?
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Post op swelling
- maximum about day 3
- very slow improvement weeks 1 - 6
- Continued improvement week 6 - month 6
- Continued slow 'reshaping' months 6 - 18
Swelling after a tummy tuck
A Few Months For Swelling to Subside
In the meantime, follow your surgeon's post-surgery care instructions and wear your compression garment as recommended. Your garment will help control swelling by encouraging your body to absorb and eliminate fluids that are causing the swelling. Here are some other tips to deal with swelling:
stay well hydrated and go to the washroom regularly
avoid salty foods and eat healthily
get plenty of rest, but also try to move around a bit at a leisurely pace to keep your circulation going when you're not lying down
once you have adequately recovered, you can consider lymphatic massage, but only with your surgeon's advice
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