Have you ever been curious about getting a tummy tuck? It’s one of our most highly requested procedures. However, there are a few things that most people don’t know about this procedure when they first consider it. So, we are here to shed some light on the topic for you and hopefully answer a few questions along the way.
It’s essential to be at a stable weight before you schedule a tummy tuck.
We know what you are thinking; what does “stable weight” mean? Often many people choose to pair a tummy tuck with liposuction for weight loss. Although that’s a common pairing, you shouldn’t schedule your tummy tuck to reach a certain number on the scale. This procedure can undoubtedly reshape your body, but your recovery and the predictability of your results improve if you have maintained your current weight for about a year.
In addition, weight loss changes the elasticity of your skin; among other things, if your body is still in a transition process from significant weight loss or post-pregnancy, a tummy tuck won’t be as effective. Once you’ve maintained your weight and size for a year, call our office, and we can schedule your complimentary consultation.
A tummy tuck requires significant downtime.
As much as we all want same-day results, a tummy tuck is a major surgery. You should expect to have little energy for as least a week following your surgery. You’ll also experience swelling, redness, bruising, and swelling. Although you’ll be encouraged to walk around your home a bit at intervals to promote healthy blood flow, your main priority will be to rest for several weeks.
Every patient is different, but if you are employed, we generally recommend a minimum of two weeks off to recover at home and ensure you don’t strain your healing tissues. During the month following your surgery, you’ll notice your stamina building.
Yes, there will be a scar.
A good surgeon will be discrete about scar placement. Although it will be visible, it will fade significantly with time. Most people hardly notice their scars after a few years.
You will have surgical drains in place for at least a week.
Although no one likes the idea of this part of recovery. These tiny devices hugely help with recovery. After surgery, your body will experience swelling, which is a natural part of the healing process. Placing strategic drains allows that fluid to leave your body, making for a much more comfortable healing process.
Complete healing can take up to a year.
Even though you will see results much sooner, full recovery takes a year. This surgical procedure involves reshaping multiple layers of tissue and muscle. Although the results are incredible, it can take up to a year to see the final results of a tummy tuck. However, the results are worth it! Call us today to book your free consultation!
Why should I choose Buckhead Plastic Surgery for my tummy tuck?
You won’t find a better surgical team to perform this procedure than the professionals at Buckhead Plastic Surgery. Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience. He’s worked hard to perfect his surgical techniques to offer the best possible results for his patients while also making every effort to ensure your comfort throughout the entire procedure.
Not only is Dr. Larsen highly experienced in this procedure, but he has a long list of 5-star reviews from previous patients. So call us today at 404.367.9005 to book your free consultation and see what a difference Buckhead Plastic Surgery can make in your life.