An abdominoplasty – most commonly referred to as a tummy tuck – is a cosmetic procedure that people undergo to remove scars, excess skin, fat and stretch marks. The treatment also involves tightening the abdominal muscles for improved definition.
WHO IS IT FOR?
People who are conscious about excess fat, skin, scars or a lack of definition around the tummy.
The success rate of the tummy tuck is extremely high. However, occasionally patients aren’t happy with the results, and feel that they need a further operation.
- Avoid putting strain on your stitches for the first few weeks
- Limit strenuous activity and exercise for 4 to 6 weeks
- Wear a special corset for the first 6 weeks
- Fully recovery: 6 weeks for most people
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- Difficulty standing straight
- Numbness around the tummy
- Swelling and scarring
- Tummy cramps
- Buildup of fluid
- Bulges under the skin
- Cool Sculpting
- Gastric Balloon
Don’t eat within 12 hours of surgery.
Clean your home thoroughly, as you won’t be able to do so for at least two weeks after surgery.
Pack a bag for a three-night stay in hospital.
Get all your questions answered by your surgical team.
Discuss your pain-relief options with your surgeon.
Provide a full medical history, including details of allergies and pre-existing conditions.
Organise a ride home for when you’re discharged.
Organise some help with cooking, cleaning and other household tasks.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Remove all large jewelry or leave it at home.
Remove fake nails and nail polish (you may have a pulse monitor put onto your finger during surgery).
Follow your surgeon’s advice on what you can and can’t do after surgery.
Let your family and friends help you at home.
Set up your bed, chairs and sofas for rest — using pillows to prop up your back and knees.
Maintain a healthy, balanced diet — it’s crucial to recovery.
Avoid alcohol and smoking.
Move around as much as you can (your doctor will advise you on the best exercise for recovery).
Take at least two weeks off work. If you perform manual tasks, you may need longer.