I recently released a video about why staying in specific positions is crucial after a tummy tuck. I won’t lie – the video could be considered a bit graphic for some viewers, so, for those of you with queasy stomachs, this one is for you!
During a tummy tuck procedure, I tighten the abdominal wall, perform liposuction and remove the skin to reshape and reposition things like the belly button. While I conduct the procedure, the patient’s bed is flexed a bit, which is fundamentally important during the surgery and recovery to avoid separating the incision.
The tissue comes down, kind of like a flap, which allows us the ability to close the incision. Because this is our preferred method, you’ll need to keep your body flexed or bent during the first week after your surgery. By staying hunched over, you avoid putting unnecessary pressure, strain and stress on the upper part of the skin, or flap. If a patient does try to straighten up too early, it can limit the blood supply to the area, and can ultimately result in significant and dramatic wound healing problems.
It’s important to note that because a hunched position isn’t the most comfortable, you will experience back pain, but our bodies are truly resilient and amazing. After the first week and as you heal, you’ll begin to experience more pain in your back than your tummy, and that’s the first sign that you’re recovering and can start to readjust your positioning.
This must be a slow and gradual process, and standing erect too soon or abruptly can result in wound healing issues, as discussed above. Most patients can stand entirely straight at about six weeks. I realize it’s a slow process, but it is vital to ensure you heal properly with outstanding results.
Watch the Video: