Questions to Ask Before a Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck”) can be an ideal way to re-contour your body and refresh your overall appearance. It’s also important to remember that a tummy tuck is serious surgery. Here are some things to ask your surgeon before you make this significant decision:

Am I a good candidate?
If diet and exercise haven’t helped eliminate your excess belly fat, a tummy tuck may be right for you as long as you’re in good health. Just be sure you’re doing it for yourself and not for someone else. Your happiness is most important.

What are the risks?
Like any surgery, a tummy tuck has its risks. While a tummy tuck is overall a safe procedure, certain problems may include infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, swelling and skin discoloration, or fluid accumulation.

How do I prepare for surgery?
Your doctor will require blood tests and perform a medical evaluation. Prior to surgery, you will be asked to avoid taking medications that can increase bleeding, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin. If you smoke, it is recommended that you stop in the time leading up to your surgery.

How does the procedure work?
After putting you to sleep with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. The skin is then lifted to tighten the stomach muscles, and then it is pulled down tightly. A new opening for the belly button is created. Sutures or stapes are used to close the skin the incisions.

What can I expect after surgery?
Dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions. You may also have small, thin drainage tubes under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid. A compression garment may also be used to help with swelling and provide extra stomach support. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the entire first night. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication and recommend that you limit your physical activity.

How will my stomach look after a tummy tuck?
Your belly will be swollen for the first few weeks after surgery, which will minimize over the weeks that follow. You will see a scar that runs from hipbone to hipbone and another scar around your belly button. These scars will minimize after several months, leaving you with a firmer, flatter tummy.

Do you want to learn more about an Abdonimoplasty procedure?
Call Plastic Surgery Specialists of New Jersey today for a consultation: 201.664.8000. We look forward to hearing from you!

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