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How to Reduce Tummy Tuck Swelling

How to Reduce Abdominal Swelling after Tummy Tuck Surgery

How to Reduce Abdominal Swelling after Tummy Tuck Surgery The first thing that you are going to notice is that there would be swelling. This is necessary anytime that you perform tummy tuck surgical procedure. Medically, this term is represented by the word edema. You must be coming across the word. However, it is important that you do not allow this issue of swell to bother you. Once you are certain that it must happen, you do not need to stress yourself about that. However, there are certain things that you can do to minimize that swelling.

Useful Tips to Minimize Swelling


The first thing that you must do if you want to minimize swelling is taking enough quantities of water during that procedure. This is very important and must not be ignored. Science has proved that the human body is composed of at least 72 percent water. This implies that your body cannot function if it does not have enough supply of water. Taking water will not worsen the swelling as some people may be thinking instead it must improve it. Water is very important because it helps in flushing out toxins from the body system and facilitates the bowel movement as well. What can actually hinder your regular bowel movements is medications. Apart from that, medication can even lead to discomfort and bloating. It is necessary that you take enough quantities of water as it is indispensable for your health and it can also be very useful in decreasing swelling and can facilitate your healing time.

How Much Quantity of Water should you take?

Research has revealed that any person who is healthy and who engages in regular activities and take the right diet should need between 10.5 and 12.5 cups of water daily. The water should include those contained in the food that you take. This means that you should be taken at least 8 to 12.5 glasses of water every day. You should know that this does not include alcohol, as they are diuretics, which means that they can even cause you to lose water you already have inside your body. Even if you take them, you should not be taken in enough quantities of them, especially during the recovery period, because it could be counterproductive.

Furthermore, the quantity of water that you need to take will also depend on the type of food that you eat, as well as your health condition and what your doctor would recommend for you. This means that individual needs may not be same. There are some medications that you take which will make you to lose more water and you need to replenish them when you have lost them.

Moreover, there are certain activities that would make you to lose water from your body system. For instance, when you are sleeping, especially after that surgery, you would observe that your mouth would be open and dry. It would be such dry that it would be forcing you to wake up from sleep. In that situation, it is recommended that you put a bottle of water beside you as you sleep because you will need them.

Importantly, it is recommended that you record the exact quantities of water that you take this time. You can measure it using a bottled water can. This will help you to remember the quantity of water you consumed every day. With that, you can easily determine the right quantities of water that you have taken and will know whether to take more or less.

You should not forget that increase in water intake would also result to increase in urine. This means that you would be frequenting the bathroom for urination. You are definitely going to witness this, especially in a situation where you were not used to take those quantities of water at a time. If you are not convinced of the right quantities of water that you should be taken, it is recommended that you get more information from your doctor.


When you are healing from any type of procedure, it is imperative that you take the right diet. This is the same thing when you go through the tummy tuck procedure. Dieting will make it possible for you to get the right type of nutrients that you need to be recovered easily. When you take the right diet, it will address such problems as bruising, abdominal swelling as well as tissue repair and so on. Your body would always need the balanced quantities of iron, protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, as well as other important minerals that would facilitate the recovery process. The skin would always require proper diet and the best diet that you can offer to the body during the recovery period includes leafy green vegetable, omega 3 and 6, as well as fats and lean proteins. The body would also need whole grains. All these are very important in rebuilding the skin. They will minimize swelling and generate faster healing of the wounds.

Observe your Sodium Intake

Salt is also known as sodium. Sodium can cause the body to retain water. Because of this, it is better that you monitor your sodium intake to ensure that you often take low quantities of it. This does not suggest that you should avoid it completely. When you get too little of that, it is going to be dangerous for you, and when you consider the quantities of water it retains, it can result in what is known as fluid shift. This could lead to a very bad condition that is known as hyponatremia. The problem is that diets taken these days have more than the required quantities of sodium and salt such that many people are always in danger of having too little of it.

Anytime that you hear your medical doctor warn you to avoid sodium or salt, it means that you should not take large quantities of it in the prepared food that you take. It is common to see prepared foods such as canned vegetables and soups that have large quantities of salts in them. To avoid too much salt, it is recommended that you read the labels before you consume any food item. This will help you to determine whether they have large quantities of sodium in them or not. There are certain foods that you should always avoid and they include such foods like soy sauce, deli meats, salty snacks, pickles and so on. Know that high sodium is not good, because it could increase fluid retention.

The Right Activity

If you engage in the right activity, it will help to reduce the effect of swelling and it can increase it as well. Because of this, you have to take it gently and have a good rest. If you want to move, it has to be very gentle any day that you decide to move.

There are certain activities that you must try to avoid within this period and they are as follows:

Avoid bending over

You should also try to avoid reaching above the head

Avoid lifting any heavy item including your children and even your pets once the weight is more than 10lb

Avoid engaging in crunches and sit-ups

You should avoid jogging and having sex.

These do not mean that you are going to stay idle the whole day. You are going to engage in some minor activities as inactivity has its own problems. It could easily lead to fluid pooling, as well as blood clothing. You are supposed to engage in walking and the aim is to facilitate blood circulation. You can equally engage in some light exercises, but before you do any of these, it is recommended that you consult your doctor for an advice.

Tissue Massage

Manual massage is good for people in that condition because of the benefits in increasing blood circulation and assisting in cutting down on swelling. It is recommended that before you engage in that, you have to discuss that with your doctor. Find out from the doctor whether it is allowed for you to do away with your support garment. This is because massage usually does not work on bandages and binder.

If you want to engage in any massage, try to understand the limitations. It is not advisable to go towards the abdomen; it is advisable to apply a clockwise motion while doing that. You can work in circles and spiral outwards while you do that.

If you can engage in ten minutes of massage and do that for about one to three times in a day, it would be helpful for you. While doing that, you must stay away from the incision. In the same way, you should avoid having lotion or oil getting close to the area where the incision is done. It is better that you use anti bacteria formulation if you must do that with the formulation. Such natural oils like almonds, koala nut, as well as shea nut and so on are not good to be applied to the area where the incision took place. If you must apply them, it must be when everything has been healed.

If for instance that you had a liposuction, if you massage the affected area, you will discover that it is effective as it can prevent scar formation, especially those things that dent and cause lumps.

Lymphatic Massage

This is a form of massage that was developed in Germany and it was meant for the treatment of people suffering from lymphedema. This is a condition associated with the accumulation of lymphatic fluid in those tissues and this can lead to swelling because of impaired lymphatic vessels. When you talk of the lymphatic system, it refers to the combination of vessels that transport fluid and lymph nodes. These two form one part of your immune system.

Lymphatic massage has the capacity to reduce swelling; this is in addition to the stimulation of the immune system. Moreover, it has the capacity to reduce the abnormal scar tissues that can be formed. It will lead to an improvement in the overall condition of the patient and reduces anything that can prolong the healing time. Because it can pool moving fluids, it facilitates blood circulation and cut down on swelling.

However, it is advisable not to engage in lymphatic massage the first week of the surgery, this is because, the body could contain sore at this time, and it is not good to disturb those sutures and bandages. A massage can become counterproductive because it could lead to the formation of seroma; this is regarded as a pocket of fluid. When the massage becomes too rough, it could lead to the formation of hematoma, which is also known as a pocket of blood.

Before you embark on any massage, it is better to discuss with your doctor.


Moreover, you should not take drugs or supplements that could interfere with the normal fluid balance in your body, and this should be avoided any time that you have that type of procedure. Drugs to avoid should include drugs like caffeine and caffeine pills, diuretics that is water pills, papaya supplements, and garlic supplements and so on.

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