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9 SOLUTIONS FOR TUMMY TUCK SWELL HELL
Swelling is normal after getting a tummy tuck. These 9 Solutions for Tummy Tuck Swell Hell can help ease your discomfort when experiencing this pain. You need to expect “Swell Hell” and expect it to come with a vengeance. While there are a few lucky gals who don’t experience too much swelling throughout that first year, realize that is not the norm! It seems that no matter how many times a woman reads about “swell hell” prior to surgery, it seems she completely stresses about it once it happens to her. She freaks out! She starts thinking something was messed up in her surgery or that she will always look that way. Let me tell you right now: this is NORMAL and this will com and go for quite a while! So please — do yourself a favor and relax through the bad times. You will be normal and flat again!
What you can expect.
If you’re not sure what swell hell is, let me tell you it’s one of the biggest pain points of having this surgery. It’s where your tummy gets so incredibly bloated that it’s painful. Sometimes it may seem like you are doing all the right things, avoiding salt, eating healthy, getting plenty of water, resting, etc. yet you still experience swell hell. Just know that this is completely normal. Your body is healing from a MAJOR surgery. The more you can just anticipate that this will happen, the better. When you have “good days”, it’s best if you don’t count on only having good days from that point going forward, because the swelling will return. Mark my words!
Our tummy tuck sisters experience swell hell past ONE YEAR….sometimes TWO YEARS — and it will come and go without warning. Also, after your tummy tuck, you might be very excited about resuming normal everyday activities, but realize that many times, a price comes with that; many experience a lot of swelling once our bodies start feeling back to normal. That’s because once we start to feel “back to normal” we think we can do and take on more than we should. Just remember to try and take it easy. This is all part of the healing process.
Things you can do to help with Swelling (but no guarantee!):
- Lymphatic Drainage Massages — get clearance from your doctor http://www.womentowomen.com/detoxification/lymphaticsystem.aspx http://www.lymphnotes.com/article.php/id/151/
- Rebounding — great for lymph system
- Hot Lemon Tea
- Calendula Tea, Green Tea
- Avoid salt, alcohol, carbonation
- Eat well and drink lots of water
- Wear your Compression Garment as instructed
- Don’t overdo yourself activity-wise, even when you start feeling more yourself — many times you WILL pay the price. Many tummy tuck sisters learn this the hard way!
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