Do you have questions about tummy tuck that you are afraid to ask? Admittedly, it can be intimidating to explore topics such as scarring and stretch marks in a surgical consultation. Regardless, the doctors at Allure Plastic Surgery of Miami want you to have all the information you need before making decisions about your treatment. Here, they answer the tummy tuck questions you are hesitant to bring up in consultation.
Will tummy tuck get rid of my stretch marks?
It depends where the stretch marks are located. Tummy tuck usually eliminates stretch marks below the belly button, by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin. Stretch marks above the belly button are typically unaffected.
Will I be put under anesthesia during surgery?
Yes, you will be put under general anesthesia during tummy tuck surgery for your safety and comfort. An anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure and track your vitals at all times.
Will I have scarring from tummy tuck surgery?
Because of the nature of the incisions, tummy tuck will leave scarring. The scar will be located right above the pubic hairline and can be easily concealed by a bathing suit or underwear. Also, the scars will lighten with time.
Do I need to lose weight before my surgery?
You are not required to lose weight before surgery. However, you will enjoy better results if you are at, or close to, your ideal weight.
Your focus should be to get your body in peak physical condition before surgery. You can do this by eating well, exercising and getting quality sleep. Being healthy and strong will reduce your risk of complications and make your recovery period smoother.
Can I have tummy tuck after weight loss surgery?
Yes. Most surgical weight loss patients make excellent candidates for tummy tuck. Losing a substantial amount of weight in a relatively short time is detrimental to the quality of the abdominal skin. Often, the skin won’t contract over the body’s smaller shape; instead, it slackens and sags off the lower abdomen and back. Not only is this unattractive, but the skin is usually prone to chafing, irritation and infection.
What is tummy tuck recovery really like?
The first few days of tummy tuck recovery are challenging, yet manageable (with the right resources). Right after surgery, the abdomen will be swollen, bruised and sore. Compression garments will help to control the swelling, and oral medication can alleviate pain. Your range of motion will be limited, and you will feel tired and weaker than normal.
Gradually you will feel stronger and have more energy. We will schedule follow-up visits throughout your recovery to check your healing progress and let you know when you can return to work, exercise, socializing and the rest of your normal activities.
Don’t Let Your Questions Go Unanswered
If you have a tummy tuck question that wasn’t answered in this blog post, feel free to contact our practice. A member of our staff can provide more information over the phone, or schedule an appointment for you to meet our doctors. Call us today at 305-479-2991.