How Long After Tummy Tuck Will I Be Able to Take A Bath?

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A tummy tuck (also called an abdominoplasty) focuses on reducing loose skin and fat from the abdomen and tightening the underlying muscles, making the waistline slimmer and more contoured. When combined with liposuction, tummy tucks provide women with the confidence they need to wear well-fitted outfits and feel their best in all kinds of social situations in New Orleans, LA.

While tummy tuck surgery does produce gorgeous body contouring results, many people are concerned about recovery. During this time, it's important to be extremely careful with your body. One of the questions we get at New Orleans Plastic Surgery is when patients can take a bath after the surgery. Plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michelle Eagan addresses this concern below and encourages patients to get an assessment to learn more about post-operative care.

How is a tummy tuck done?

A tummy tuck procedure is done using general anesthesia. Dr. Eagan begins by placing a thin incision along the lower abdomen just above the pubic hairline. However, some patients may require a less invasive technique based on their needs. Once the loose skin is removed, we may employ a liposuction technique to remove small fat pockets. Finally, Dr. Eagan will tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall, creating a firmer midsection and flatter stomach.

What is involved with tummy tuck recovery?

All patients are informed about post-operative care before their procedure. This includes instructions about side effects, medications, and wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling. Patients should take time off from work after body contouring and avoid strenuous activities. Having a friend or loved one to assist with daily tasks will be extremely helpful, especially in the beginning when discomfort prevents you from standing upright or walking.

When can I take baths again?

Patients should not submerge their abdomen in water for up to six weeks after tummy tuck surgery and liposuction. This includes baths, swimming pools, and other bodies of water. Instead, take showers to wash the area with lukewarm water. We can provide information about gentle soaps and products you can use. When you're not in the shower, keep the incision site clean and covered with a sterile bandage. This prevents complications, like infection.

A few tips about caring for incision site in the days and weeks after surgery in New Orleans:

  • Check the site daily for signs of infection, like redness and swelling

  • Avoid applying lotions or ointments to the wound unless directed by Dr. Eagan or the staff

  • Do not stretch out the skin

  • Avoid wearing constrictive clothing over the incision site

  • Light, gentle massaging when cleared by Dr. Eagan can help improve swelling

How can I speed the healing process?

New Orleans Plastic Surgery can recommend several ways to make recovery easier. For example, nutritious meals are essential during recovery. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains will keep your body nourished and encourage wound healing.  Taking a multivitamin pill and vitamin C will aid in recover.  Decreasing salty and processed foods will also improve the way you feel. When it comes to workouts, we recommend avoiding intense or athletic activities that damage the skin. Instead, go for gentle walks. This will keep you active without stressing the tummy tuck incision site. -

Enjoy a safe tummy tuck recovery

Tummy tuck recovery is a critical time for rest and recuperation. Interested patients should schedule a body contouring consultation with Dr. Michelle Eagan. Our talented and dedicated surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure, including loose skin removal and recovery. If you're ready to look your best while enjoying optimal health and wellness in New Orleans, LA, contact New Orleans Plastic Surgery for a consultation.

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