Over time, excess fat can build up around the lower abdomen due to factors such as fluctuations in weight, ageing and pregnancy. This can lead to weakened stomach muscles, loose skin, excess fat and stretch marks.
A tummy tuck procedure is a great way to tighten this area and improve the appearance. Here's everything you need to know about the procedure itself and tummy tuck recovery.
For some patients, the appearance of a smooth, flat stomach is desirable, and they chose to have a cosmetic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck or liposuction to achieve this. A tummy tuck is a popular procedure for both men and women looking to improve the shape of the abdomen and can restore life changing confidence and contribute to improved health and lifestyle for many patients.
A tummy tuck can also be performed on those who have had a C-section and want to remove the scar and tighten the area.
Ultimately, a tummy tuck is done to improve the self-esteem of patients, make finding clothes easier and increase comfort levels.
During a tummy tuck, the specialist MYA surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen as well as any unwanted stretch marks and scars that may have occurred from previous surgeries such as a C-section. If required the surgeon can repair the stomach muscles, tighten the skin, and reposition the naval (tummy button) to improve the shape and appearance of the stomach.
During a tummy tuck, the surgeon removes excess skin, fat, unwanted stretch marks and scars that may have occurred from previous surgeries such as a C-section from the abdomen. If required the surgeon can repair the stomach muscles, tighten the skin, and reposition the naval (tummy button) to improve the shape and appearance of the stomach.
Liposuction can also be performed alongside a tummy tuck to further enhance the appearance and remove the remaining fat in the area.
Tummy tuck surgery can take up to three hours to complete and is performed under general anaesthesia.
Every patient who undergoes any cosmetic surgery procedure should expect some downtime following their surgery. The recovery process for a tummy tuck is typically between 6-8 weeks, it is important that patients rest following their procedure. Limited mobility is normal for the first week following surgery, however, it is important that patients maintain some mobility with light exercise to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
After a tummy tuck, patients will be prescribed pain medication to reduce discomfort in the area and help them to heal at home comfortably.
Patients are required to take 2 weeks off work for desk-based jobs, but those with a more physically demanding job may need to take longer for recovery after a tummy tuck. Patients must not lift children or any heavy items for a minimum of 6 weeks, doing so could have a negative impact on their tummy tuck recovery.
To further aid a healthy recovery and ensure the best possible tummy tuck results - and minimise the appearance of the scar - patients are advised to stay out of the sun, avoid sunbeds and smoking, and moisturise the area regularly (following sign-off from your MYA nurse).
Sun exposure increases the pigment in the scar, making it appear much more visible. So, if you are planning to go out in the sun, make sure to wear a high SPF and cover the area when possible.
When it comes to working out after tummy tuck surgery, patients are advised to steer clear from strenuous exercise for at least 6-8 weeks following their procedure. We recommend starting off with gentle walks and consulting your MYA surgeon before returning to the gym. We recommend patients avoiding heavy weights and ab exercises for 12 weeks post-op.
Take a look at some of our patients' tummy tuck results!
Tummy tuck recovery is often described as similar to a C-section. Patients should expect to experience some pain and discomfort following their procedure, pain relief will be prescribed to ease this. Patients may require wound drains following their procedure. The surgeon will use either dissolvable or non-dissolvable stitches. Dressings will then be applied along with a compression garment.
Post-operative wound care is extremely important, and patients will need to attend appointments to see a nurse at the MYA clinical hub following their procedure. The nurse will deliver wound care, remove the dressings and monitor your healing. Patients must not submerge their wounds in water or get their incisions wet until advised it is safe to do so by a MYA nurse.
Many patients will see a result straight away, but it can take 6 months to a year to see the final result. Scars are a natural part of the healing process following surgery and cannot be avoided. Typically, tummy tuck scars sit below the knicker line of the lower abdomen and will fade and become paler and flatter over time, although they never completely disappear.
If you're interested in having a tummy tuck or would like to learn more about the healing process, you're in the right place.
Our team of experts are on hand to answer any of your questions about a tummy tuck. All you need to do is contact us today!
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