How can I prepare for a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck procedure is major surgery and it will, therefore, take some time before you fully recover. It'ss sensible to think about your tummy tuck preparation before you go in for your procedure. You should allow yourself enough time to rest and heal after your surgery.

Below you can find some tips for your tummy tuck preparation:

Household chores

It may be useful to get household chores such as doing the washing and taking the bins out of the way before you have your operation. You may want to place hard to reach cupboard items such as mugs and plates on the kitchen counter so that you do not strain your incisions by trying to reach for them.

As you will not be able to do any heavy lifting straight after the operation, you may want to do a big food shop beforehand and prepare some meals for the freezer.

Children & pets

As you will need to rest well after surgery, you should ask friends and family to help look after children and pets during your recovery period. You may find you cannot lift infants for several weeks after surgery. In addition, dogs pulling on a lead could be painful and negatively impact your wounds healing. You're probably not going to be leaping out of bed to do the school run either, so asking a friend, partner or neighbour to take over these roles is necessary.


Maintaining a healthy diet will help you during your recovery. Try to eat high-protein, low-sodium foods including lots of vegetables and fruits. Hydrate your body well by drinking lots of water and avoiding drinks with caffeine.


Wear comfortable, easy to wear clothing during your recovery. Choose shirts that fasten easily from the front or the back, easy to pull on trousers and slip-on shoes. You will have to wear a compression garment after your tummy tuck procedure. The instructions for this including how long to wear it for will be given to you by your surgeon.


You will need to get plenty of rest after your operation. It will be necessary for you to sleep propped up for the first weeks after surgery, so make sure to have plenty of extra pillows on your bed! Try to rest and sleep on your back in an inclined position for 1 to 2 weeks after your operation. It is also important that you do not sleep on your stomach for the first 6 weeks after your tummy tuck.

Travel arrangments

As you will not be able to drive straight after your surgery, you should arrange for a family member or friend to take you home after the operation. You should also have adult supervision for the first 24 hours after being discharged as your cognitive and motor skills may be affected by the anaesthetic.

Your BAAPS/BAPRAS Medbelle surgeon will give you specific advice regarding how best to prepare for a tummy tuck. If you have any further questions do speak to your Patient Care Adviser.

Published: November 5th, 2020