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What to Expect Your First Day After Tummy Tuck Surgery

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


 Although a tummy tuck is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales at Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, it's important to remember that it can also be one of the most uncomfortable to recover from. On your first day post-operation, you may experience discomfort, and your lower back might bear the brunt of this soreness. This is normal and should not cause alarm. 

Why is nausea a common side effect after a tummy tuck? 

It's common to experience nausea almost immediately following a tummy tuck, often induced by the anesthesia used during the procedure. Your body is also reacting to the invasive nature of the surgery, and nausea is one way it copes with this trauma. Nausea can also result from the prescribed medications taken for pain management. Understanding this can help you mentally prepare for the recovery process and manage the expectations around your tummy tuck recovery. 

What kind of pain management can I expect during my tummy tuck recovery? 

In the days following your tummy tuck, managing discomfort is a key part of the recovery process. Dr. Morales will likely prescribe you 2 – 6 different pain medications to help with this. You'll typically take these for about five days, which will help mitigate the post-surgical discomfort. Remember that everyone's pain threshold and response to medications are different, so the experience can vary from person to person. 

How will my body feel during the healing process of a tummy tuck? 

As your body adjusts and heals, you'll likely notice a significant tightening and pressure in your abdomen. This is due to the muscle repair and skin tightening performed during the surgery. You might also feel warm and dehydrated as your body works hard to heal. It's crucial to drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated during this period. 

What are some tips for optimal recovery after a tummy tuck? 

For optimal recovery, keep the following key points in mind:  

  • Follow all provided aftercare instructions 
  • Take pain medicine as directed 
  • Move around often 
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Eat a healthy diet 
  • Attend all necessary follow-up appointments with Dr. Morales 

These recovery tips, along with attentive personal care and advice from your plastic surgeon in Houston, TX, can pave the way for a smooth and successful recovery. 

Take the next step toward a more refined you 

Dr. Rolando Morales and the team at Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, are here to guide you through every step of the tummy tuck recovery process. Call or visit our office today to schedule a consultation and embark on your journey to a more refined you.

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