Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck procedure is more invasive and intensive than others is plastic surgery. Needless to say, no matter which abdominoplasty surgery you decide on (a complete abdominoplasty procedure or a mini abdominoplasty procedure), you should expect your recovery time to be considerably longer than most cosmetic surgeries.
What does this all mean to you? Well here’s the thing. You and your surgeon should discuss in great detail the risks and recovery expectations prior to your tummy tuck. As you’ll want your recovery period to be as worriless as possible, you should plan ahead to be well prepared.
Tummy Tuck Preparation
Since you have thought about and now have made the decision to go ahead with abdominoplasty, your next step is to find a certified plastic surgeon. Put some effort into researching surgeons carefully as you’ll want to find one that is right for you.
Your surgeon will determine your qualifications for a tummy tuck procedure upon your first consultation. Be prepared to discuss:
- Your expectations and reasons behind seeking abdominoplasty
- Any medical treatments, prescriptions and conditions
- Your alcohol, drug and cigarette consumption
- Any previous surgeries or allergies
- Your medical history
Don’t worry. Your surgeon just wants to make certain that you understand all the basics of a tummy tuck and everything that is associated with the surgery and recovery. In preparation, certain requirements and instructions must be made in terms of:
- The night before and morning of surgery
- Getting home safely after surgery
- The use of certain medications and anesthesia
- Postoperative care and follow-up appointments
And remember, no tummy tuck is alike, as you will have your own unique goals, needs and experiences from your procedure. That means it is very important that both you and your surgeon are on the same track with your end results.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
By now you’re probably wondering what is involved during abdominoplasty surgery. As you already know, a tummy tuck is more invasive and intensive than your standard plastic surgery. Here are the key steps your certified and highly trained surgeon will follow:
- General anesthesia or intravenous sedation will be administered.
- The incisions are made.
- In a full tummy tuck procedure the incision will be made right above the pubic region and from hipbone to hipbone.
- A second incision at the navel could be required.
- During a mini tummy tuck, only one, and much shorter incision is needed.
- Excess fat, tissue and skin are removed.
- Incisions are then closed with the use of skin adhesives, sutures and clips.
Depending on the type and extent of tummy tuck performed, your surgery should last a few hours and you may need hospital rest for up to three days.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
As you might know from discussions with your specialist, abdominoplasty comes with its share of risks, as is the case with all surgeries. It is important understand and prepare for these risks before undergoing your tummy tuck procedure.
Postoperatively, your surgeon will see to it that you follow all medicinal recommendations, as well as all specific instructions to temporary changes in your lifestyle.
Quite simply, it is important to follow all of these orders to allow for a speedier and hassle-free recovery. Needless to say, after a significant amount of time all swelling, pain and scars will have faded if not disappeared.