A tummy tuck operation is the favourite cosmetic operation of people who would like to improve the shape of their abdominal area. Pregnancy, ageing and major weight changes can cause deformation of the tummy area and cause a saggy and layered look. With a tummy tuck, people are able to get rid of this undesired appearance and achieve a nice bikini body.
Before booking for the operation, there are some important things to know about the process.
Before tummy tuck: Understanding the operation
A tummy tuck is often misunderstood as being a treatment which makes patients lose weight. This is a very common misunderstanding of people about cosmetic procedures related to the tummy area; however, this is not true.
A tummy tuck operation is performed to remove the excess skin in the tummy area, tighten the muscles and sometimes remove the excess fat, but it is definitely not a way to lose weight. In fact, a tummy tuck cannot be performed for people over a certain BMI value because it is risky.
So, who can have a tummy tuck? The tummy tuck is suitable for those who experience saggy skin and weakened muscles after a major weight loss, pregnancy or ageing. It is very common for patients who have lost weight with bariatric operations to opt for a tummy tuck afterwards. The operation is also an inseparable part of mommy makeover treatments.
Before having the operation, it is important to have a detailed consultation session to talk about the expectations and current medical condition of the patients. There are several types of tummy tuck, such as lipoabdominoplasty, extended tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck. These types are to treat the conditions with varying severities; in the consultation, your surgeon will suggest the best suitable technique to achieve the best results for your specific condition.
After tummy tuck: Instructions and results
A tummy tuck is an invasive operation, and the aftercare should be very delicate. Depending on the extent of your operation and whether it was combined with another cosmetic surgery or not, the discomfort level of patients in the recovery period can vary.
After having a tummy tuck, you will be provided with a suitable medical garment; using the garment as instructed by the surgeon is important to support healing, smoothen the recovery period and reduce the swelling.
Resting after the operation is very important; patients are often advised to take a week off from work or 2 weeks if that is possible. Any strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be strictly refrained during the first 2-3 weeks. To achieve proper healing of the tummy tuck incision, any position to strain the tummy should be avoided for the first 2 months.
The results of a tummy tuck are completely permanent; however, patients are advised to eat healthily and exercise regularly to avoid any other major weight change since it may cause tummy skin to sag again. The tummy tuck is not a suitable operation for those planning to get pregnant in the future as it would disrupt the results.
Medical consultants of Clinic Mono will be happy to give more details about the before and after periods of tummy tuck; fill out the free consultation form to contact us.