Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) FAQs

How big will the scar be?

Scarring can vary in length given the amount of skin and tissue that needs to be removed but placement is commonly the lower stomach above the pubic bone from hip to hip.

Does my belly button get moved?

Yes, due to your skin being pulled tight to leave you with a youthful stomach your belly button placement will need to be moved higher, you will have a small scar around your belly button which can fade in time.

Will the surgeon use drains?

Yes it is common for drains to be used to get rid of excess fluid following surgery they may be removed during surgery or the following morning in hospital, this may be uncomfortable but is very quick and helps to reduce swelling.

What will I need to wear following tummy tuck  surgery?

You will be supplied with a support garment which will help to control swelling and bruising whist protecting the area and dressings. You will wear this garment for up to 6weeks following surgery. Loose dark clothing is advisable for the first week following surgery.

How will my mobility be affected after tummy tuck surgery?

For the first few days following tummy tuck surgery you may find it difficult to stand up straight, you will be encouraged to try during the first week even though your stomach will feel tight. Walking even if just around the house in the first weeks will help blood flow and thus encouraging healing, however, it is not advisable to overdo it as this can cause a buildup of fluid which may require further intervention and delay healing.

How is a tummy tuck done?

Tummy tuck surgery can take between 1.5 – 3 hours. Incisions are made around the lower abdomen and the tummy button, where muscles are then pulled tighter and stitched into place. A new tummy button is created after the removal of excess fat and skin. Those with a small amount of excess skin may be suitable for a mini tummy tuck, with no need for muscle repair or repositioning of the naval.

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