THE TOP 4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
Abdominoplasty Dubai | 1 September 2021
Have you looked at before and after pictures of tummy tuck patients, seen amazing results, and thought to yourself, “I want that! But is it really worth it?” Online forums offer tons of helpful patient feedback, but with many stories tending to be at one extreme or the other, online chatter might make it even harder to decide if a tummy tuck is a good idea for you.
The truth is that tummy tuck is major surgery with dramatic results, and it’s best to take extreme stories (positive or negative) with a grain of salt and be realistic. Tummy tuck recovery requires more time, patience, and endurance than many other cosmetic procedures. It’s not fun to read about the details of surgical recovery, but getting a realistic idea of what to expect ahead of time will help you make the best decision for yourself and avoid surprises.
Here are the most important things you need to know about tummy tuck surgery before you take the plunge:
You won’t be bikini-ready overnight
It’s normal to be excited about waking up to the new you after tummy tuck surgery, but keep in mind that no one looks like their “after” photos immediately after surgery. At first, your belly will look much different from what you can expect from your final results. Post-operative swelling is common and can be significant, especially during the first three weeks after surgery. Your scar, placed just below the bikini line, will initially be scabbed over, red, and quite tender. In other words, it won’t be pretty! But be patient and know that all of this is a temporary part of the normal healing process. As you continue healing, swelling will subside, redness will disappear, and your scar will become narrower. By the third month, you’ll look great, and after six months or so, you’ll be ready to rock those “after” photos. Many patients continue to see improvements up to a year after a tummy tuck. With proper care, scars can become nearly imperceptible.
While you will have to wait a while to enjoy all the benefits of a tummy tuck, the good news is the results are very long-lasting if you maintain a similar weight. The vast majority of patients are thrilled with their decision to undergo the procedure—tummy tuck has a 97% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
Abdominoplasty Dubai -You’ll need to take it easy for a few weeks
A tummy tuck isn’t a procedure you can work into a long weekend and then jump back into your routine. As mentioned above, it’s major surgery. While walking is allowed (and encouraged!) as soon as the night after your surgery, you should consider work, house cleaning, child care, and general physical activity to be off-limits. You will likely need substantial help at home for the first two weeks after surgery. Designate a trusted adult to be in charge of covering things you’d normally do but can’t, and let people take care of you—your results will depend on it!
You also need to plan for your transportation needs for the first few weeks. In addition to having someone take you to your procedure and back home again, you will need to turn over your keys until you are completely off of pain medication. Additionally, before getting behind the wheel your incisions should be healed enough that both wearing a seatbelt and turning your shoulders to monitor traffic around you is comfortable.
It’s important to be realistic about your return to work. Many patients can safely go back to a desk job within two weeks, but any work that requires travel, lifting, reaching, or periods of standing should be avoided until your surgeon agrees that your incisions have healed well enough to cope with the activity. You can discuss physical requirements of your job with your surgeon during consultation, and they will give you an idea of how long you’ll need to be away from work.
Finally, you will have to be a hands-off parent for a little while. This is understandably the most difficult aspect of tummy tuck recovery for moms of young children, who are used to being picked up and held. But you can do it without neglecting your little ones. Read books together, play board games (except Twister), and have your caregiver let them assemble your breakfast plate so they can help with your recovery too.