A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a popular procedure for both men and women. It can help to get rid of unwanted fat and excess skin in the abdominal region and give you a flat, gorgeous tummy. However, a tummy tuck is still a surgical procedure, meaning that there are many factors you need to keep in mind before jumping into anything. If you’re thinking about getting a tummy tuck, here are five things you should consider before undergoing the procedure.
Reach a stable weight beforehand
While a tummy tuck is a great procedure for sculpting your abdominal area, it is not a replacement for weight loss. In order to ensure the best results from your abdominoplasty, it’s important to achieve close to your desired weight at least two months before the procedure. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Diktaban suggests that patients be around 10-15 pounds from their goal weight. This weight loss can be achieved with the help of diet and exercise. Ultimately, reaching your desired weight will help to reduce the possibility of undoing the effects of the procedure because of weight fluctuations.
The need for surgical drains
After your procedure, drains may be put in place in order to help reduce the accumulation of fluids and blood. This will also help keep the swelling to a minimum and ensure that you are healing properly. If these are required, Dr. Diktaban will give you information and resources to tend to your drains. In most cases, the drains can easily be removed after a few days.
Surgery will leave a scar
Since a tummy tuck requires a surgical incision in order to be performed, a scar will remain across the lower abdomen most likely in a curvilinear shape. This mark will be permanent but Dr. Diktaban will instruct you on how to maximize the healing. The scar gradually fades over time. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Diktaban will carefully make the incision in a place that can be well-concealed by clothing.
Significant downtime is required
Since a tummy tuck is classified as a major surgical procedure, the recovery process will take some time to complete. Dr. Diktaban suggests that patients take at least one week off of work, and ensure that they have help from a friend or family member during the first few days. He will also recommend that you don’t resume physical activity for several weeks, waiting until he determines that you are at an acceptable point in your recovery to do so.
Final results will take time
The final results of your tummy tuck will not appear overnight. In fact, it can take up to six months for the complete results of your procedure to solidify. For several weeks following your surgery, you may feel stiffness and sensitivity of the abdomen. Additionally, you may also experience redness, swelling, and bruising. After a few months, you will start to feel closer to your normal self. In most cases, it will take at least six months to see final results. This means it is important to plan ahead and undergo the procedure at a convenient time for your life and routine.
It’s important to take your time and ensure that you choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck procedure, you can trust Dr. Diktaban. With over 35 years of experience and a desire to create the most natural-looking results, he is a doctor anyone can rely on. To make an appointment, call Dr. Diktaban at 646-583-3989 or request a complimentary consultation online.