Facts To Consider Before A Tummy Tuck

Facts To Consider Before A Tummy Tuck | Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Park, Irvine

Facts To Consider Before A Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck,” doesn’t it just sound straightforward and easy? The words virtually seem like a procedure that involves a simple tuck, some sutures and it’s a done deal. Well, the truth is, that not the case. And if you are considering having a tummy tuck, you should be wise and find out all you can about it. Here are a few FAQ’s that may help you decide if a tummy tuck is in your future.

What Exactly Is A Tummy Tuck?

Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgery to correct a loose or flabby abdomen or belly. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening weak or separated muscles. Many people seek a tummy tuck for cosmetic reasons to create a firmer, flatter abdomen. Others require a tummy tuck to remove excess skin causing health issues after significant weight loss.

It is important to remember that a tummy tuck is considered major surgery. And, as with all surgeries, it also carries with it serious risks and potential complications.

Why Choose A Tummy Tuck?

Many times diet and exercise are not enough to rid oneself of extra skin and a flabby belly.
Your doctor may recommend a tummy tuck to remove loose, sagging skin or excessive fat on the abdomen. This often occurs as a result of significant weight loss, pregnancy, heredity, aging, or prior surgery. Your doctor may only consider a tummy tuck for you if other treatment options, such as diet and exercise, have been ineffective and if you are seriously unhappy about the appearance of your abdomen.

Risks And Complications With Tummy Tuck?

As with all surgeries, risks are always there, and complications are always a possibility. Along with the typical risks of any surgery, abdominoplasty has specific risks to be considered.

Potential complications of a tummy tuck include:

-Abdominal asymmetry
-Changes in skin sensation or color that may be permanent
-Nerve damage
-Poor wound healing
-Prolonged swelling
-Recurrent loosening of the skin requiring additional surgery
-Skin or tissue death
-Temporary or permanent change in skin sensation
-Unfavorable scarring

What To Expect With A Tummy Tuck

Being prepared and knowing what to expect after surgery can be enormously helpful in your recovery. You will stay in the recovery room after surgery until you are alert, breathing effectively, and your vital signs are stable. You might have a sore throat if a tube was placed in your windpipe during surgery. This is usually temporary, but tell your care team if you are uncomfortable.

You may be wearing a compression garment similar to a girdle when you awake from surgery. You will likely have swelling and bruising. The compression garment will help reduce swelling and aid the shrinking and tightening of the skin. You may also have small drains under the skin to help drain excess blood or fluid. Swelling and bruising should subside within a few weeks.

Recovery time varies depending on the procedure, type of anesthesia, your general health, age, and other factors. Most people return to normal activities and light exercise six weeks after surgery. You will spend a few nights in the hospital, at which time you will be released. You will need family or friends to help out for a few days.

Who Should Perform My Tummy Tuck?

The ultimate success of your tummy tuck and whether or not you experience complications is directly related to the expertise and experience of the physician you choose. Make sure your doctor is a licensed, board certified plastic surgeon. He or she should have years of experience, plenty of before and after pictures to share with you and an excellent reputation with his patients. Selecting your surgeon is the single most important decision you will make regarding your tummy tuck.

Call Newport Beach Tummy Tuck Surgeon Dr. John Park

If you are considering a tummy tuck, liposuction, or any other cosmetic procedure, Dr. John Park will gladly walk you through each and every one. He and his staff of caring professionals will answer any and all questions and concerns you may have. Call the offices of Dr. Park at (949) 777-6883 for your personal consultation.

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