A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is plastic surgery to improve the shape of the tummy area (abdomen).
It can involve removing excess loose skin, fat and stretch marks and tightening the abdominal muscles.
The aim is to remove excess skin on the tummy that cannot be removed through exercise – for example, excess skin caused by pregnancy or losing a lot of weight.
People have a tummy tuck for many different reasons. You may have it as part of another operation such as a hernia repair. Or you may want one because you have:
Your surgeon will explain how to get ready for your operation.
If you smoke, you’ll need to stop smoking at least six weeks before your surgery. Smoking makes you more likely to get a chest and wound infection. It may also make your wounds heal more slowly. So, it may take you longer to recover after your surgery.
Your surgeon may advise you to:
You have tummy tuck surgery under general anaesthesia. This means you’ll be asleep during the operation. You’ll usually have to stop eating or drinking for a few hours before your surgery. Your surgeon or anaesthetist will give you clear advice on what to do.
Your surgeon will explain what will happen before, during and after your operation. This is your chance to ask any remaining questions you have about your surgery. You’ll be asked to sign the consent form.
Your surgeon may ask you to wear compression stockings from the time of your operation until you’re able to move around properly again afterwards. This helps to stop blood clots forming in the veins in your legs.
After a tummy tuck, it’s important not to do too much too soon. The key is to pace yourself.
It usually takes about six weeks to recover, but everyone’s different. Your recovery time may depend on which operation you’ve had, so it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.
If you need to, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the leaflet that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.
Your surgeon may ask you to wear a support garment (a type of corset) for up to six weeks after surgery. This helps to ease pain and discomfort, and to reduce swelling.
The hospital should tell you how much exercise to do and how long it will take to get back to normal. Your surgeon or physiotherapist may recommend suitable exercises and when to start doing them.
Take things slowly. You should be back to normal exercise in around six weeks. If you’re doing anything that pulls on the scar and feels like it’s stretching, take it a little slower. Your abdominal muscles protect your back when you lift, so you need to be careful until they’ve healed.
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