Tummy tuck restores a firm, flat and attractive quality to the stomach to reverse the undesirable effects of pregnancy, weight fluctuations or aging. If you are considering tummy tuck to achieve a more attractive abdominal contour, there are certain things you must take into consideration.
Read on as Dr. David Pratt of Pratt Plastic Surgery shares what you need to know before getting a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck is not a quick fix for weight loss.
Unfortunately some tummy tuck candidates mistake the body contouring procedure for a sound weight loss strategy. In fact, the ideal candidate is at, or within a few pounds, of his or her ideal weight. Your surgical outcomes can change if you fluctuate in weight after the procedure, so it is best to delay tummy tuck until you are at your ideal weight and can maintain it with reasonable diet and exercise efforts.
Block off adequate time to recuperate.
Tummy tuck is a major medical procedure and it will take your body time to recover. Plan to take about 10 to 14 days off from work and your other normal activities after surgery. Most of the post-operative bruising and swelling should dissipate within this timeframe. Full recovery, including a return to exercise and other physical activities, can take up to a few months.
It will leave a scar.
Any surgical procedure will leave a scar. Luckily, with the proper planning and scar management techniques, the scar should fade considerably.
Dr. Pratt will plan out your incision very carefully so you know where the scar will be located. It should be low enough so that any bikini bottom or pair of underwear will hide it. Dr. Pratt will also give you instructions for caring for your incision line after surgery to help you get the best scar possible. Know that it can take up to a year for your scar to lighten and flatten.
Choosing a plastic surgeon is the most important step you will take.
The experience and skill of your tummy tuck surgeon is critically important. The finest surgeons understand the intricacies of the abdomen’s anatomy and use sophisticated techniques to deliver outstanding results that look natural. With Dr. Pratt’s tummy tuck experience, you are in the best of hands.
Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck and its benefits, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pratt. Contact Pratt Plastic Surgery today and request an appointment.