A tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. Weight loss, childbirth, and age give many woman an abdomen they would like to improve. If you have a belly pooch, excess skin, or flabby, extra folds around your mid-section, a tummy tuck might be right for you. Here’s what to expect from the procedure.
Before – It’s critical that all patients undergoing a tummy tuck (or any surgical procedure for that matter) quit smoking. Smoking impedes blood flow, and therefore slows recovery. In many cases, a tummy tuck (also known as an abdominoplasty) can be performed on an outpatient basis. It’s important to have a caregiver lined up for the first few days after your procedure.
During – Abdominoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on the situation. We’ll work with you to determine the best option for you. In many cases, drain tubes will be in place immediately after surgery. The tubes help rid your body of blood and excess fluids after the procedure. Gauze or compression wraps may also be used to assist recovery.
After – Although it’s difficult, we encourage patients to get out of bed and move around the day after surgery. Even a short walk can help with recovery. Some patients may not be able to stand completely upright, but try to avoid sitting for extended periods of time in the first few days after your procedure. Avoid lifting, bending, and straining in the days after your surgery, as they can lead to increased swelling, bleeding, or discomfort.
Recovery – It’s extremely important to realize that everyone heals at their own rate. Recovery time varies greatly depending on your pre-surgery physical condition and the extent of your surgery. Most patients return to work within a few weeks, but it’s important to be patient to resume your normal level of activity.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward a slimmer, younger abdomen, give us a call. We’re happy to discuss your options.