Woman's stomach following her tummy tuck procedure.

If you are considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) in St. Louis, you may be wondering what you can expect from the recovery process. Many patients are interested in learning how long healing will take, what kind of discomfort and pain management they will be dealing with, and how they can best prepare their minds, bodies, and environments for this exciting next step.

To ease any uncertainty, we have developed a customized tummy tuck recovery checklist of products to stock up on, precautionary measures to take, and other small tasks you can do to make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.

Your Tummy Tuck Prep Checklist

Snacks: Cooking will likely be difficult and energy-draining during your recovery. Stock up on single-serving snacks ahead of time. These can include items like fruit, protein bars, and pre-made meals.

Pets: Pets need to be walked, fed, etc… and may be eager to jump on you or climb into bed with you while you recover. Consider having someone on hand to help with your pets or arranging for them to stay at a close friend’s home or a pet boarding center for the first few days.

Tasks: You will thank yourself for any small precautions you take to make life easier after surgery. You may move things down from higher shelves, take things out of low storage areas, and make sure any difficult to open containers, doors, and so on are loosened up ahead of time.

Exercise: A consistent exercise routine is a great way to keep your body healthy and strong before your procedure. Avoid dramatically changing your workout routine before surgery and stay away from any activity that may cause an injury.

Quit Bad Habits: At least 4 weeks before your procedure, stop smoking or using any products containing nicotine. Avoid alcohol and unhealthy foods to make sure your body is as prepared as possible to handle the healing process.

Must-Have Products

  • A cane to help transition between sitting and standing
  • Toilet booster seats and stool softener to keep strain off your abdomen
  • A water bottle
  • Traction socks
  • Waterless toiletries like dry shampoo and cleansing wipes
  • Wearable ice packs
  • Reusable straws
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Slide-on shoes
  • Clothing you can easily change into and out of

Calling Your Surgeon

The most essential item to have on hand during your recovery is your surgeon’s phone number. One of the biggest pieces of advice I give my patients is to call if any issues or questions arise. Never assume your concern isn’t important. Stress can inhibit recovery, so I’m eager to address any problems to ease your mind and make sure recuperation is as easy as possible.

By staying in close contact with your surgeon, following post-op instructions, and prepping ahead of time, you can take an active role in your recovery and soon return to your daily life feeling more confident than ever. To take full advantage of your recovery period, you may consider combining your tummy tuck with another procedure, such as liposuction.

If you are ready to take the next step in your St. Louis tummy tuck journey, contact us online to request a consultation or call (636) 530-6161.

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