What Recovery Items Will I Need After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes sagging skin and small fat pockets from the abdomen. While this surgery in Miami, FL can help you enjoy a slimmer appearance, it’s important to take healing seriously. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso may recommend purchasing a few items from your local drugstore or pharmacy for a speedy and comfortable recovery.

Want to put together your own “tummy tuck recovery kit” at home? The team members at Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D. have compiled a quick list of suggested items to have on hand below. Read now or call our office for more information.

What happens during tummy tuck recovery?

Abdominoplasty tightens up loose, sagging skin around the abdomen and makes your stomach appear more attractive. But, like all other cosmetic procedures, tummy tucks require time and plenty of patience to heal properly. You'll need to rest for up to 48 hours almost immediately after surgery, then make an effort to get up and move around to encourage healthy circulation. Most people begin to see tummy tuck results after about six weeks.

During this period, patients report temporary side effects, like bruising, swelling, and inflammation around the abdominal area. While these side effects are expected to dissipate over time, our checklist does include items that can minimize discomfort.

Your tummy tuck recovery kit

Dr. LaGrasso consults with each patient about what they need during tummy tuck recovery based on their personal health and cosmetic goals. We recommend going shopping at least several days before surgery so you can be completely prepared. Here is a general list of items to have on hand for your tummy tuck recovery kit in Miami, FL:

  • Post-surgery compression garments

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications

  • Bandages and gauze pads

  • Antibiotic cream

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Water bottle

  • Ice packs

Additional helpful items during recovery

Patients can supplement their tummy tuck recovery kit with anything they need to make healing more comfortable. This includes extra pillows and blankets, healthy snacks, and entertainment, like books and movies. You can ask for support from a close friend or family member for the first several weeks of tummy tuck recovery. Having a strong support system is important, so you don't feel alone or anxious during this time. They can help you put your kit together and assist with tasks, such as household chores, childcare, and meal preparation.

Other considerations for your abdominoplasty

After your initial healing period, you can slowly return to work and home care. Keep in mind that even after your pain subsides, certain activities can cause discomfort and should continue to be avoided. For instance, high-impact exercises like running and jumping. Dr. LaGrasso can let you know when it’s safe to return to your normal workout routines.

Enjoy safe and successful tummy tuck results

When it comes to any cosmetic procedure, Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso is dedicated to your health and success. Even though you may be excited about the prospect of plastic surgery, you should remember that it does take time to see tummy tuck results. The team at Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D. can speak with you in detail about the items needed after a tummy tuck when you come in for an assessment in Miami, FL.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.