A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, which makes the torso look leaner and more toned. The procedure usually has very noticeable results and can make you feel much more confident in your appearance, but there are steps you must take to maintain those results.
Here are four important steps for maintaining the results of your tummy tuck for years after the surgery:
1. FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR’S INSTRUCTIONS
Your doctor’s instructions for recovery may vary depending on how extensive the surgery was. In most cases, patients go home just a few hours after surgery, but some patients have to stay overnight for monitoring.
Following your doctor’s instructions for the days and weeks after your surgery is essential for maintaining optimal results. For the first few days after the surgery, you should rest in bed to give the surgical site time to heal. Keep your head elevated with extra pillows to help your lungs expand.
You should only walk very short distances during this time, or the wound might not heal quickly or properly. If the wound reopens, it could cause complications or affect how your torso will look after healing.
Your surgeon may place drains in the surgical site to remove excess fluid. He or she will give you instructions for emptying and taking care of the drains. It’s also important to drink lots of water while recovering.
If you let the surgical site heal quickly and easily, it will help you achieve great results.
2. EAT A HEALTHY DIET
A tummy tuck removes excess skin, but it doesn’t prevent you from gaining weight. If you gain a significant amount of weight, the skin on your abdomen will stretch out again, ruining the effects of the surgery. The best way to maintain your results is to maintain a healthy weight, and the best way to remain at a healthy weight is to eat a healthy diet.
The majority of your diet should consist of lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods are filling, energizing, and provide you with the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Avoid processed foods and foods with added sugars. Whenever possible, replace simple carbs like pasta and white bread with complex carbs like whole grain bread.
Many people find that eating five or six smaller meals throughout the day is more helpful for maintaining their tummy tuck results than eating two or three larger meals. Smaller, more frequent meals can help you sustain your energy levels and feel more satisfied, which will prevent you from overeating during your next meal.
However, if you want to maintain your tummy tuck results for years, it’s important to follow a diet that you can maintain for years as well. Quitting all fast food, soda, and baked goods cold turkey might be an unsustainable choice. Instead, many people find success with the 90-10 rule, which allows 10 percent of your food to be unhealthy or indulgent if 90 percent of your food is healthy. Although as many of your meals as possible should be healthy, finding a balance like this is important for sustainability.
3. EXERCISE REGULARLY
Along with eating a healthy diet, exercising is a great way to stay at a healthy weight and maintain your tummy tuck results. Cardio exercise burns calories and prevents fat gain, and strength training exercise builds up muscle in your abdomen, keeping it firm and toned.
You don’t have to engage in vigorous exercise for hours every day to maintain your results. Cardio or strength exercises for a half hour to an hour five or six days per week should be plenty.
If you didn’t have an exercise regimen before your procedure, it might help to find a friend or family member who wants to start exercising, too. You can exercise together and keep each other motivated.
Although exercise is great for long-term maintenance, you should avoid strenuous exercise while you recover from your surgery. Your doctor will tell you when you can start incorporating exercise into your routine following the tummy tuck.
4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Hydration is essential for everyone to stay healthy, but it’s especially important after a tummy tuck. Drinking at least eight cups of water per day can help you maintain a healthy weight because it helps you stay full and energized. People often overeat because they think they’re hungry, but they’re actually dehydrated.
Drinking lots of water helps to keep your skin healthy, too. Dehydration often leads to skin sagging or stretching, but staying hydrated improves skin elasticity. The skin on your abdomen should stay tight after your tummy tuck if you drink plenty of water.
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