After your surgery you will need to stay in hospital for one or two days. You will be protected from infection through the use of antibacterial agents, and provided with appropriate medication so that you will experience a pain free night. It is expected that you will experience pain following the surgery especially during the first night, therefore you will be given a strong analgesic during your hospital stay so that you will experience a pain free night. The following day your general condition will be evaluated, and you will be released from hospital.
If your stomach muscles were repaired and tightened during the surgery, we recommend that you place pillows under your feet and upper back while laying down and sleeping. While standing you should not stand completely upright. These recommendations are made so that you do not stretch your newly repaired muscles during this early stage. If your muscles were repaired, it is normal for you to experience some muscle pain while coughing or other activities for a few days. If your stomach muscles were not repaired or tightened then you will not need to take note of the recommendations made above, and your return to everyday activities will be much quicker.
You will need to use a compression garments after the surgery. Using the compression garment for 4 to 6 weeks will be necessary to support and aid the healing process of your newly tightened abdomen. Using the compression garment will help you feel supported and you will need to make sure that you use it regularly.
During the surgery most of the sutures used to close the incision will be dissolvable, this means that they will be absorbed by the body. After 10 days have passed, a few stitches used that are undissolvable will be removed by your surgeon.