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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 come 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!
Swelling after a Tummy Tuck
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!
Some of my tummy tuck sisters have experienced swell hell past ONE YEAR….sometimes TWO YEARS.
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 of us 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 after a Tummy Tuck (but no guarantee!):
- Lymphatic Drainage Massages — get clearance from your doctor
- Rebounding — great for the lymph system
- Hot Lemon Tea (order through my Thrive Market link and get 25% off plus free shipping!)
- Calendula Tea, Green Tea (order through my Thrive Market link and get 25% off plus free shipping!)
- Bromelain (this is a supplement that will help with swelling)
- Avoid salt, alcohol, carbonation
- Eat clean (I have a 9 Day Cleanse you can get for free if you subscribe below)
- Drink lots of water. Read 10 Sneaky Ways to Drink More 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!
I have yet to meet anyone who has had a tummy tuck not have to deal with swell hell. But if you follow the above tips, it should help relieve some of your discomfort.
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