FAQs About Tummy Tuck Procedures
Tummy tuck results are generally long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or aging can impact the longevity of your results.
While both procedures involve removing excess fat and loose skin from the abdominal area, a panniculectomy does not tighten the underlying abdominal muscles like a tummy tuck.
In most cases, a tummy tuck is performed as an outpatient procedure. However, some complex cases may require an overnight stay for close monitoring.
Tummy tuck patient satisfaction rates for tummy tucks are generally high, especially for those who had sagging skin or a protruding belly that impacted their self-esteem. The procedure often provides both physical and emotional benefits.
Anesthesia is used during the procedure to minimize pain. Some discomfort is expected during the post-procedure recovery time, but it’s usually manageable with prescribed pain medications.
During a tummy tuck you will be under general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure, unless you are allergic or for another personal reason.
Although a tummy tuck removes fat cells, remaining cells can still enlarge if you gain weight. Maintaining a stable weight is key to preserving your results.
Pregnancy after a tummy tuck can affect your results. If you’re planning future pregnancies, you may want to postpone any cosmetic surgery procedures. If you get pregnant after a tummy tuck, discuss other cosmetic surgery options with your doctor.
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. While you may lose a few pounds due to the removal of excess skin and fat, the primary aim is body contouring.
There’s no “ideal” age for a tummy tuck; suitability is more about your health, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. Consult with our team to determine if the timing is right for you.
As with any surgical procedure, risks include infection, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia. Our skilled team takes all precautions to minimize these risks.
Scarring is inevitable, but our skilled surgeons aim to place incisions in areas easily concealed by clothing. Over time, a tummy tuck scar typically fades and becomes less noticeable.
It’s usually recommended to sleep in a reclined position to minimize tension on the abdominal area during the initial recovery period.
Following all post-op instructions, including activity restrictions and wound care, is crucial for a speedy recovery. There’s no shortcut to healing, but compliance will aid in a smoother recovery.
Light walking is often encouraged shortly after surgery to promote circulation. More strenuous exercise should be avoided until cleared by your surgeon, but core-strengthening exercises may be beneficial in the later stages of recovery.