Tummy Tuck Questions Patients Are Afraid to Ask

Tummy Tuck Questions for Northborough patients
Posted on August 7, 2019 by Cynthia M. Poulos, M.D.

Although there is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to a plastic surgery procedure, some patients might feel their questions are too obvious or embarrassing. This is certainly true with tummy tuck. Formally known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck involves removing excess skin and fat while restoring muscles to give you a smoother, firmer abdomen.

In this blog post, Dr. Cynthia Poulos answers questions some patients may be afraid to ask about tummy tuck.

Will Tummy Tuck Help Me Lose Weight?

Tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, although the removal of excess fat and skin may mean the patient loses a few pounds. For best results, the tummy tuck patient should undergo a tummy tuck when they are near their ideal weight. Women considering tummy tuck should wait until they are finished with childbearing, as an additional pregnancy and subsequent weight gain may negate the effects of the procedure. If a woman has undergone a previous C-section, it may prove possible for the surgeon to hide the tummy tuck scar in her present C-section scar.

What Are the Risks Associated with Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck risks are the same as with many plastic surgical procedures. There is always the risk of infection, bleeding, and adverse anesthesia reactions. A small percentage of patients may experience issues with skin numbness or sensation. Call the surgeon immediately if the incisions become inflamed or pus develops, or if you develop a fever.

What Should I Expect During Tummy Tuck Recovery?

Expect to spend the first week recovering from a tummy tuck in bed. You will experience swelling and bruising, but that is normal. The doctor will prescribe pain medication to make the initial recuperation easier. You will need help with child and pet care and basic household activities for that period. You can probably return to work two weeks after the surgery, provided your job is not physically demanding. Avoid any strenuous physical activity or exercise for at least six weeks post-surgery.

Thin drainage tubes are placed temporarily beneath your skin to allow excess blood and fluid to flow out. You will receive detailed instructions on caring for the drains, and the doctor will remove them during a follow-up visit. The good news is that your new, flatter stomach will become visible within a week or so, when the post-operative swelling goes down.

Contact Dr. Poulos

When considering a tummy tuck or any other plastic surgery procedure, look for a board-certified plastic surgeon. If you have additional questions regarding tummy tuck and related procedures, arrange a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cynthia Poulos by contacting Classique Medical Spa or calling 508-393-4544 today.