How bad is the mini tummy tuck recovery time?
Can I go back to my normal routine the next day, or do I have to lay in bed for a few days? I'm working from home, and I'm interested if I can resume working from my bed the following day. I'm not sure I can take a few days off just to relax. I have a project that needs to be finished soon.
I didn't think my recovery time was bad. Post op, I did experience swelling and a moderate amount of pain. However, I was able to control my pain. One thing that makes the healing process easier is the nature of the procedure. A mini tummy tuck is not as invasive as a full tummy tuck procedure. The less-invasive nature of the procedure allowed me to return to work after two weeks. You will have to deal with drainage tubes and elastic bandages. However, the bandages and drains don't stay in long. The procedure was done on an outpatient basis. It is important to note that different patients will experience a different rate of recovery. If you follow your plastic surgeon's post care instructions like wearing compression garments, refraining from strenuous activity and getting adamant rest your recovery period should go smoothly.
I had a mini tummy tuck, and I can see how you might be able to rest and work from home after a few days. My procedure took about one and half hours. I had swelling and was sore for about two weeks. I returned to work after one week of recovery. My doctor said that my tummy tuck recovery was smoother because of my fitness level. If you do small abdominal exercises during the month before the surgery it can reduce the amount of pain and stiffness you experience during the recovery process.
I recommend that you talk to your plastic surgeon before deciding whether or not to take on the challenge of completing a huge project right after surgery. The initial recovery process includes sitting up and standing up on your own several times the first day, and then it moves on to walking around to alleviate blood clots. Your surgeon would need to give you some personalized recommendations for caring for yourself immediately after the surgery and working from home. It is important to give yourself plenty of time to heal completely so that the reconstructive work will look its absolute best.
My plastic surgeon advised me to take it easy for a few days following my Mini Tummy Tuck surgery. I was pretty sore the first postoperative day. There was some tenderness, slight swelling and some bruising on my abdomen. I was given some pain medication and had taken it that first night. This did help the pain and allowed me to sleep. I got three fluffy pillows and used two behind my head and one to brace against my body. This kept my swelling minimal, and I also used the extra pillow to brace my abdomen during moves. I work in an office setting, and I took off a week from work following my surgery. Expect some soreness for that initial week. See how you feel in 2 to 3 days and start back to work slow while avoiding any strain on abdominal sutures and midsection until completely healed.
My mini tummy tuck recovery time went smoothly. I returned to work one week after my surgery. If you perform abdominal exercises to strengthen the abdominal area the month before surgery, you can improve your post-surgery results and shorten your recovery time. You will probably need to take a few days off even though you work from home. All surgery requires rest and recovery. I recommend that you talk to your doctor about wanting to work from home immediately, without taking a break.
Your surgeon may recommend that you postpone the project or the surgery so that you can focus at least one week on merely recovering. My doctor emphasized to me that I needed to take care of myself after the surgery to achieve the best cosmetic results possible. I had someone help me after the surgery, and this allowed me to rest and take the break that I needed from cleaning the house and making myself meals. I would recommend that you invite a friend or have your spouse or partner take a few days off just to relax with you and be there to support you. If you choose to work from home during your recovery, be mindful that you need to take breaks from sitting and walk around to stimulate your circulation and promote healing to the abdominal skin.
I had a mini tummy tuck, and I work from home. Working from home always has its benefits, but it was especially beneficial after my surgery. The traditional time off after the mini tummy tuck surgery is one week and, of course, that's because of driving, excess walking, possible heavy lifting and other work-related activities. If you're staying at home, like I was, you can rest and follow the aftercare instructions while working on your laptop computer. Now, if you have a big project, you may want to postpone that because you could be uncomfortable for a few days and distracted. I have a hard time focusing if I'm not feeling well.
My recovery was smooth, and I didn't experience any complications or problems. The extent of your aftercare will depend on the details of your surgery such as the possible use of liposuction and muscle repair. My surgeon encouraged me to complete cardio combined with core-strengthening exercises in preparation for the surgery because it promotes after-surgical healing and a better cosmetic outcome. I would also recommend that you have someone stay with you for 24 hours after the procedure to help you with getting in and out of bed and who can do extra little things that will help you recover more quickly. My boyfriend took a couple of days off work to encourage me. I needed to rest and recuperate a couple of days before I began working from home again. Talk to your surgeon about your work goals to find out how you could fit that into your aftercare and recovery.
I would recommend that you postpone your work project and allow yourself some recovery time after the surgery. I had a mini tummy tuck done and I prepared before the surgery by exercising as my surgeon recommended. Preparing beforehand can help accelerate your abdominal muscles healing after the surgery. Cardio and strength training along with a nutritional diet encourages a faster and easier recovery with lower risks of complications. You will need to follow your surgeon's advice after plastic surgery to ensure that you heal well and get the best cosmetic outcome. I had someone stay with me for 24 hours after the surgical procedure, which was very helpful. You should ask your doctor about working from your bed immediately after surgery. It may be doable as long as you get up to three times a day move around to increase your circulation and if you are set up for comfort.