What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty will help to improve abdominal contour, eliminate uncomfortable excess skin and fat and a reduction of the appearance of stretch marks. It is important to note:

  • Significant complications from abdominoplasty are infrequent.
  • Unless there is significant weight gain or the patient becomes pregnant, the abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years.
  • Recovery time varies among individuals, but patients may be able to return to non-strenuous work one to three weeks after surgery, and in many instances resume most normal activities, including some mild form of exercise, after a few weeks.
  • In some cases, Medicare and/or private health funds will cover a portion of the cost of the procedure.

What are the risks of a tummy tuck

All surgical procedures carry some risks.  The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD). Some risks may include:

  • Bleeding, infection and reactions to anaesthesia. Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is possible when the abdominoplasty is extensive.
  • Some pain and discomfort at your wound site should be expected during your recovery period and some patients report a feeling of abdominal muscle tightness up to several months after the procedure.
  • While bruising will disappear over a period of weeks, it may be months before all swelling subsides.
  • Numbness over some portions of the abdominal area may persist for several months.
  • Patients undergoing this procedure should not be considering future pregnancies.
  • Incisions lines may take months to fade and will be permanently visible.
  • Usually, the continuous wearing of a post-operative compression garment will be required for several weeks following an abdominoplasty.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) FAQs

How long will it take for my tummy tuck incision to heal?

It takes 4-6 weeks for you to be able to resume normal activities, 3 months for the incision to start healing and up to a year for the skin to mature. The incision is made from hip to hip and around the belly button area, so for it to heal it’s important that you don’t put any strain or pressure on your tummy.

To take care of the incision, you will clean it with warm, soapy water daily. To get an exact timeline for the healing of the incision, talk to the surgeon.

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