At our Long Island practice, tummy tuck surgery has long been one of the most popular procedures we offer. If you are one of the many people out there right now researching this procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, check out these 4 things you need to know before deciding to have surgery:
- What will the scars be like?
This can vary somewhat depending on the extent of your procedure, but most tummy tuck scars run horizontally from hip to hip just below the underwear line. Good surgeons hide the scars in this strategic location and use techniques to make sure their incisions are secure but also very fine. Your surgeon may also have recommendations of measures you can take at home to help your scar heal and fade.
- Will I have to wear special garments after surgery?
We have our patients wear compression garments for a few weeks after their tummy tucks. This keeps swelling in check and helps promote healing. The garment shouldn’t be visible under your clothing.
- Does tummy tuck surgery require major activity restrictions?
You will need to rest for a few days after surgery, and you may not be able to stand up straight right away, but we encourage walking. Most patients return to work in 1 or 2 weeks, and can resume exercise slowly over the course of a couple of months. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully on this topic to optimize your healing.
- Are there alternative procedures that would be better or others I should combine with a tummy tuck?
For removing excess skin around the abdomen, there is no better option than a tummy tuck. Liposuction is often combined with abdominoplasty to take care of stubborn fat pockets, and a body lift, which includes a tummy tuck, may be best if you’ve lost a lot of weight and have multiple areas you’d like to treat.