You should consult your physician and discuss your medical history before opting for the tummy tuck surgery.
Most of the people today opt for a tummy tuck for cosmetic purposes. But you should have realistic expectations and understand the process and how it is going to help you.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure where excess fat and skin is removed to give you a slimmer appearance. However it is not a weight loss program and you should not confuse it with one.
Before you go for a tummy tuck, you need to find a good doctor to inform you about the tummy tuck before and after facts and also the cost of the operation.
The doctor would advise you about the procedure, duration and recovery. He may ask you to stop taking non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen seven to ten days before the surgery as they may cause bleeding during and after the surgery. You need to stop smoking cigarettes as they increase the chances of getting a chest infection after anaesthesia.
If you are a female patient on contraceptive pills, the doctor may ask you to stop taking them to reduce the risk of getting blood clots in the legs after the tummy tuck surgery.
You doctor would even advise you to stop taking certain herbs and nutritional supplements as they increase the risk of bleeding during the surgery. Your doctor would advise you when to stop taking food and water before going for the surgery.
There are several things you should know about a tummy tuck before and after the procedure.
The recovery time differs from patient to patient. It mainly depends on the extent of the surgery done, age of the patient and the overall physical condition of the patient. You may be discharged on the same day or may need hospitalization for a few days.
After the surgery you can expect some amount of pain and numbness in the operated area. The pain goes away with medication, but the numbness may last throughout your life.
Sometimes liposuction is done along with a tummy tuck to get rid of fat excesses. Liposuction has its own set of risks and can onset side effects like visible scars and enlargement of the pubic area. As with most surgeries, there is some amount of swelling and bruises on the abdomen after the operation. There may be some amount of bleeding and the feeling of nausea and vomiting due to general anaesthesia. Your surgeon may ask you to wear a pressure garment over the treated area to control swelling and for faster healing. Your surgeon may even ask you to wear elastic stockings after the surgery to reduce the risk of getting blood clots in your legs which can be very painful and lead to further complications.
You should avoid doing strenuous workouts after the surgery and do minimum bending and lifting. After the surgery you need to take care of the bandages and avoid propping your knees during sleep. Your doctor will advice you, how long to wait before taking bath after the surgery as presence of water increases the chances of getting infection in the operated area. You should contact your doctor immediately if you see redness in the operated area, heavy bleeding, severe pain or have breathing difficulties during the post-op.