What To Expect Before And After A Tummy Tuck Procedure
Just like planning a vacation or writing a grocery list, preparation is key when it comes to a successful tummy tuck surgery. By knowing what to expect and planning ahead, patients can maximize their chances for a smooth procedure, speedy recovery, and long-lasting results. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi is committed to making sure patients feel comfortable, confident, and prepared for Beverly Hills tummy tuck surgery by providing them with detailed information and instructions to follow before, during, and after their procedure. Read on to learn more, including how to prepare for surgery and what to expect during tummy tuck recovery.
What do I need to know before getting a tummy tuck?
Patients considering tummy tuck surgery in Beverly Hills, CA should have a good understanding about what the procedure does – and doesn’t – do. Formally known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is primarily a body contouring procedure that aims to sculpt a smoother, slimmer, firmer midsection through excess skin removal, muscle tightening, and other techniques. While liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck to reduce small areas of stubborn fat, it is critical for patients to understand that a tummy tuck is not designed as a weight loss procedure, nor is it a substitute for diet and exercise. In fact, ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery should already be at or near their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least 6 – 12 months before the procedure.
In many cases, a tummy tuck is used to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy body after having children or to remove extra skin after weight loss, though it can also be beneficial for men and women who have developed loose skin and other concerns due to the aging process alone.
How does tummy tuck surgery work?
It is also helpful to understand how tummy tuck surgery is performed in order to better prepare for the procedure and recovery period. A tummy tuck with Dr. Hakimi is performed using general anesthesia and typically takes about 2 – 3 hours to complete. When performed as part of a larger procedure, such as a mommy makeover, the surgery may last even longer. To begin, Dr. Hakimi makes an incision on the lower abdomen. The length of the incision will depend on how much excess skin needs to be removed, what type of tummy tuck is being performed, and other factors. Patients with only a mild amount of loose skin may benefit from a mini tummy tuck, while men and women with more severe concerns may require an extended tummy tuck, which involves a lengthier incision that runs from hip to hip.
If needed, the abdominal muscles will be tightened and reinforced to correct diastasis recti. In some cases, the belly button will need to be repositioned for a more natural look. Once the extra skin has been trimmed, Dr. Hakimi will pull the remaining skin taut over the newly shaped abdomen and secure it with sutures to conclude the case.
What is tummy tuck recovery like?
Recovery after tummy tuck surgery involves some level of discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility and can take several weeks, particularly for patients who required a more extensive procedure. Generally speaking, patients take about 2 – 3 weeks off of work after tummy tuck, and strenuous physical activities – including exercise – may be off-limits for up to 6 – 8 weeks or longer. During tummy tuck recovery, patients may need to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and promote proper healing. Once the majority of tummy tuck swelling has resolved, which can take up to six months or longer in some cases, patients will notice their firm, slender new physique taking shape. By maintaining a healthy, stable weight, patients can enjoy their tummy tuck results for many years to come.
Tummy tuck preparation
Some helpful tips on preparing for tummy tuck surgery include:
- Choose a highly qualified and experienced surgeon
- Reach a healthy, stable weight
- Consider your plans for having children in the future
- Line up help at home/with kids for your recovery period
- Set up a comfortable resting/sleeping area for recovery
- Prepare loose, comfortable clothing and healthy snacks for recovery
Get the flat stomach you’ve always wanted with tummy tuck surgery in Beverly Hills, CA
Whether you are struggling with loose skin as a result of aging, weight loss, or pregnancy, a tummy tuck can help you achieve or restore a slimmer, sexier silhouette. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of tummy tuck surgery, call our office to schedule your private consultation with renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hakimi today!