After your initial consultations take place and you've scheduled your tummy tuck surgery, it's a good idea to start preparing for recovery so the process isn't so stressful. Here are a couple of important things you can do to make the tummy tuck recovery process more comfortable and convenient overall:
Recruit Friends and Family Members
After surgery, you will likely have a hard time getting around and doing the daily activities you regularly did before your tummy tuck. You probably won't be able to hop in the car to spend an afternoon running errands or carry bags full of groceries to and from your vehicle. Because of this, it's a good idea to make sure that there are friends and family members available to help you during the first couple of weeks after your tummy tuck surgery.
Sit down and make a list of the necessary errands and daily responsibilities that you typically take care of and ask your close friends and family members to volunteer their time by choosing some of the tasks off your list and committing to getting them done for you while you heal. This should give you the extra time you need to recover and provide you with peace of mind in knowing that everything is well taken care of until you can get back to the daily grind.
Prepare for Extra Downtime
Because you'll be resting a lot during the first week of two after your tummy tuck surgery takes place, you can expect to have quite a bit of extra downtime on your hands that you may not be used to. To ensure that the downtime doesn't end up making feel depressed or left out of your household's daily activities, prep by packing a box full of items that will entertain you during your downtime.
Include crossword books, puzzles, novels you've been meaning to read, and even study material about a subject you have been wanting to learn more about. Take the opportunity to learn a new skill such as crocheting or writing. You can also plan tea time with friends and reading time with the kids. Plan family art projects at the coffee table for an upcoming holiday. The idea is to keep your mind occupied while your body recovers so your days feel full and rich.
And when you are ready to start moving around more, plan relaxing activities that will help you get back into the regular groove of things such as picnics in the park, movie theater excursions, and simple walks around the block.
Contact your tummy tuck specialist today to learn more about how you can prepare for a successful and stress-free recovery period. To learn more, contact a surgeon like Gary Takowsky MD, A Plastic Surgery Group.