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How to Prevent Tummy Tuck Swelling?

Updated on August 21, 2011

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is type of cosmetic surgery that helps to remove excess belly fat and reshape your abdomen. Postoperative swelling is a common complication that can occur in any surgery, and yet, it is a mild complication that can heal by itself after a period of time. Tummy tuck swelling doesn’t mean that the surgical procedure has failed, but it is perhaps the most common thing that happens after the surgery.

For most of the patients, the swelling will reaches its highest level about 5 days after surgery, and then gradually diminishes after 10 to 12 weeks. Sometimes you feel the most severe swelling several days immediately after tummy tuck, because the place of those removed fat cells and body tissues are replaced temporarily by swelling tissues. 

Tummy tuck is a good way to lose extra belly fat quickly, but after all, it is a plastic surgery and any plastic surgery has certain risks. One of the common things that happens after tummy tuck is seroma and hematoma, which in a large part is due to lack of enough pressure after surgery or unsuccessful drainage. Seroma and hematoma can be alleviated through second drainage or compression bandaging. Many people who did the surgery will see abdominal tissue swelling and bruises after the surgery, how does this happen and when will it disappear?

Because, the parts where our body fat accumulate also contain a number of blood vessels under the skin, plastic surgery, such as tummy tuck, removes extra fat and body tissues from our body, and at the same time, damages some of the blood vessels and capillary vessels. So swelling and bruising after surgery are quite normal. Most people who would have a tummy tuck is for the purpose of beauty, however, swelling and ecchymosis after the operation is something rather ugly and discouraging, which often makes people wonder whether the swelling can ever disappear or it will last for a long time. Well, in fact, swelling after tummy tuck will not cause bad results such as pigmentation, it also won’t do any damage to the skin's texture and flexibility. Usually after 2 to 3 weeks, with the newly grown blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, the overflow of tissue fluids will gradually be absorbed, and swelling and ecchymosis will gradually disappear.

The recovery time of swelling is quite different among individuals. Generally speaking, in most cases, swelling will begin to slowly subside after 2 to 3 days. The recovery time is about 2 weeks, a tummy tuck is done under regional anesthesia, so basically there is no pain. Patients usually need to stay in the hospital for observation for 5-7 days if necessary. There will be no pain after healing but a period of inadaptability that does not affect the normal life, it usually takes 2 to 3 months for fully recovery. 

In order to avoid abdominal swelling after a tummy tuck, what should be done before surgery?

Usually, before a tummy tuck, the surgery recipients will be asked to do a comprehensive physical examination to exclude those not suitable for abdominal plastic surgery, such as people with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, blood disease, narcotic drug allergy, etc., or there are infected issues around surgical area, such as scabies or abscess. People with the above diseases are not suitable to take a tummy tuck, and their request will be turned down by the plastic surgeon.

Tummy tuck also has age limit, in general, it is especially great for young people with good skin elasticity. Because the skin of young people recovers quickly after abdominal plastic surgery, it is easy to achieve good postoperative reshaping effects and satisfactory results. What’s more, woman who wants to take a tummy tuck should avoid her menstrual period.

Treatments after tummy tuck to avoid abdominal swelling

Postoperative care of a tummy tuck is very important as it facilitate the recovery process and makes the results more satisfactory. Tummy tuck is a popular plastic surgery around the world in recent years, its technology continues to develop, nowadays, tummy tuck can be operated with less trauma and blood loss. In the postoperative care, you should pay attention to your diet. There is no need of excessive nutrition, as over-nutrition will only add some extra inches around your waist. Patients should eat foods rich in vitamins, eat more fruits and vegetables, in order to help facilitate the early healing of the surgical area and reduce scar formation, proper postoperative care helps you to obtain a flat stomach, slim waist and sexy navel.


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