After the tummy tuck surgery
When the operation is over and the incision is closed with stitches, small drains are placed as a precaution to prevent bleeding. The surgical incision line is covered with wound dressing. The drains will be removed after some time, along with the stitches, and dressing is placed. When absorbable stitches are used, they won’t need a separate appointment for removal of the suture.
Once the patient recovers from the effects of anesthesia and is ready to walk, they are shifted to a normal room where they stay under the supervision of the medical team. Pain killers are usually administered after surgery to manage postoperative pain. Other medicines such as antibiotics are used to prevent a possible infection. The swelling in and around the incision site will subside over time. Also, the scar tissue that can form along the incision line will also regress over time. However, the color may never be identical to the natural skin tone. For patients who get the non-absorbable stitches and a drain is placed to prevent the accumulation of excess fluid and/or blood around the incision line, the surgeon will schedule a date for their removal, typically during the first postoperative follow-up visit.
Before the discharge, the medical team will discuss the needs of post-operative care of the surgical area in detail. Generally, patients are advised to avoid any kind of heavy lifting and quick movements for a few days or weeks. This is important to prevent the occurrence of wound dehiscence. After tummy tuck surgery, some doctors recommend the use of a corset for a particular period, if needed. Following all the instructions and taking the medicines given by the doctor after the surgery is an important part of the procedure. It not only helps protect the area but also support the outcome of the surgery.
In case the patient experiences warmth and redness in the incision line or breast, or have symptoms such as fever or any signs that can be associated with the surgery during the recovery at home, it is best to contact the plastic surgeon immediately.