In part one of this series, we covered some basics about surgery, including what to expect and how to choose a good surgeon. Picking a good surgeon is the easy part if you choose Front Range Plastic Surgery in Loveland. Dr. Schutte is one of the area’s few double board-certified surgeons, so you know you’ll be in good hands.
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This is not a simple surgery. Regardless of which type of tummy tuck procedure you and your surgeon decide is best for you, there is going to be a significant, and somewhat unpleasant, recovery period. You may have drainage tubes on either side of your incision for a few days. It will be approximately three weeks before you can return to your regular routine, and a few more weeks until you are 100 percent healed.
While you won’t have to stay in the hospital during your recovery, you’ll probably need some assistance at home for the first week, because you’ll be in pain and your mobility will be significantly reduced. You may have difficulty sitting up and even rolling over for the first week. Don’t push your body too hard during this period. Your skin has just been pulled very tight, so you’ll feel like you’re a little bent-over. You are. Don’t worry, that’s just part of the recovery process. You may experience some back pain because of your posture during the first couple of weeks. Ask your doctor about pain medication or other ways to relieve discomfort.
Prepare at home to make your recovery period as comfortable as possible. Try to set up a space for yourself where you won’t need to climb stairs daily. Have loose-fitting clothing that is easy to get on and off handy. Make sure to have a couple of changes of clothes available each day. Have ice packs ready in the freezer. Set up a chair in the shower and a hand-held shower head to make showering easier.