Tummy tucks offer patients a wealth of benefits, including the removal of excess fat and skin and a trim, attractive midsection. If you are considering a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, here are a few important things to keep in mind:
You’ll probably be excited to wake up to a new you the day after your procedure, but you won’t be bikini-ready overnight. After a tummy tuck, your belly will initially experience postoperative swelling. At first, your scar will be tender, red, and scabbed over. However, as you continue to heal, your scar will become more narrow, the redness will disappear, and swelling will subside. You’ll look great in a few months, and after six months, you’ll be ready to take your “after” photos.
A tummy tuck is a major surgery. While you will be encouraged to walk around a bit soon after your procedure, you should consider work, child care, house cleaning and other basic physical activities off-limits. You’ll likely need support at home for the first couple weeks following your tummy tuck – that includes transportation. Enlist the help of someone you trust to help you make the most of your recovery.
Even though the risk for complications after abdominoplasty is very low when the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, there is no getting around the fact that you will experience discomfort for the first few days after your surgery. Everyday movements like laughing, standing, and sitting up can agitate your healing body. Pain medication will help manage your discomfort, and fortunately, once you get past those first days, you’ll begin to feel better and better each day.
You want the best results possible from your tummy tuck, and it will be up to you to help ensure that happens. Some things you can do to maximize your healing and results include:
To learn more about tummy tucks, contact Sanctuary Plastic Surgery today online or at 561-367-9101 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Boca Raton and the surrounding areas of Florida.