What Patients Wish They’d Known before Tummy Tuck

Body Contouring Myths

A tummy tuck (the everyday term for the medical procedure known as an abdominoplasty) is a safe procedure many people undergo to help them to achieve a flatter, more toned abdomen. This procedure can address the aesthetic effects of the aging process and pregnancy and the toll they take on the human body. However, before going into any surgery, you should fully prepare yourself for the road that lies ahead. Here Dr. Bruce Barach provides you with some of the information many tummy tuck patients wish they had had prior to surgery.

Don’t Underestimate the Recovery

While looking forward to a new, slimmer midsection can be very exciting, it’s important to realize that you won’t be slipping on the skinny jeans and heading to the club immediately after surgery. As with all invasive procedures, tummy tucks require you to schedule time to heal and rest before you jump back into your usual routine. Healing times vary for each individual, but you should expect to spend no fewer than two weeks at home before heading back to the office. It is not unusual or cause for alarm to require a full month at home recuperating.

Expect Aftereffects – But They’re Manageable
Bodies react differently to various levels of stress, and it is important to be prepared for the aftereffects of tummy tuck surgery. Pain and swelling can be expected, and your doctor can discuss methods of dealing with discomfort. While most healthy individuals heal and feel back to normal within a few weeks, it’s not unheard of for some individuals to still feel tired or sore for a couple months after surgery. Remember, recovery from any operation takes its toll on your body’s resources, but with proper medical guidance, you will get back on track and feel better than before.

Scarring is Normal

Some patients express surprise at the scarring that appears post-surgery. To some extent, how well you heal will contribute to the degree of your scarring. However, even if you are up and on your feet again after two weeks, you will not be able to completely avoid scarring. Creams or ointments recommended by your doctor may help reduce the appearance of the scar, but it will not disappear entirely. Luckily, it will be low on the abdomen and easily concealed by underwear or a bathing suit.

Contact Dr. Bruce Barach

To find out more about what to expect from tummy tuck surgery, please contact our practice at (518) 346-3125. Our friendly and experienced staff will help guide you and keep you informed from the pre-operative stage all the way through your recovery.