Why a tummy tuck?
A loose or sagging tummy can develop from pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations or heredity. Weight control and exercise can’t always create a well-toned abdomen. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgical procedure can improve your look by:
- Removing excess fat and skin
- Restoring weakened muscles
- Creating a smoother and firmer profile
These improvements can be greatly diminished by significant weight fluctuations. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks.
Is it right for you?
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
An ideal tummy tuck candidate:
- Is physically healthy and is a nonsmoker
- Has a positive outlook and realistic goals about improvements
Note that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program. If you are planning significant weight loss or considering getting pregnant, we might advise you to postpone surgery.
Preparing for your consultation
The success and safety of your tummy tuck depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
- Why you want surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Your health status, including any previous surgeries
- Your family health history
- Your risk factors
- Potential complications of surgery
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes. Become well-informed before you make a final decision.
Preparing for surgery
Once you have completed your consultation and decided tummy tuck surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
- Have lab tests and/or a medical evaluation
- Stop, start or adjust certain medicines and supplements
- Stop smoking
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery.
What to expect after surgery
You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
- When you can resume exercise, work and other activities
- How to care for any bandages, wraps or stitches
- Recommendations for pain medicines
- Symptoms to watch for
- How to care for your scars
- When to schedule your follow-up appointments
Your final result should not only restore a flatter, more toned abdomen, but also help you feel more confident about yourself. The results of your surgery will be long lasting, provided you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.