Last updated on October 30, 2023
Today, Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is one of the common procedures people look for as a cosmetic surgical procedure. A sagging abdomen from weight loss, childbirth, or ageing process can be a common problem among men and women, therefore abdominoplasty is an ideal solution to improve a person’s body image and increase confidence. This cosmetic procedure is used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm, tightening the abdominal muscle by removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. As with any surgical procedure, potential patients must do their research to fully understand possible risks as well as positives to help make an informed decision. Before committing to the abdominoplasty procedure, consider the following five Tummy Tuck facts below:
You Will Have a Scar
Although a Tummy tuck is an effective cosmetic surgery, the procedure will leave a scar along the lower abdomen. This scar is permanent and will run along the horizontal incision line. Mr. Siddiqui of Breast & Body Clinic carefully places the incisions to keep the scar very low and well hidden in the bikini line. After surgery, patients will be given good scar care to get good results.
Don’t Expect Weight Loss
Patients should be made very clear that this procedure is not a replacement for weight loss, though this does sculpt the figure and shape the body. The procedure should be planned when you have reached your desired weight and have retained this weight for six to twelve months before undergoing the procedure.
Time for Resuming Exercise
This procedure will require weeks to heal and it is normal to experience moderate pain during the first few weeks. Patients should be able to resume most activities in two to three weeks, starting with gentle cardio exercise. However, strenuous exercises should be resumed after three months.
Returning to Work
Generally, after a Tummy Tuck procedure, patients look at starting light work in a clean environment after two to three weeks but can take up to six weeks to resume all activities. If your work involves lifting and moving heavy objects, you must consider making a phased return to work and slowly building up strength. The muscle repair should be given time to heal.
After surgery, patients will be given a compression garment to wear. This helps reduce swelling to go down which can take up to six months. More information on this will be provided in clinics.