If you’re interested in having a tummy tuck, it’s important that you do your research. Surgery is a big deal, and while tummy tucks afford people with a number of benefits, including a flatter stomach and tighter abdominal muscles, there are recovery requirements and potential risks. So you need to go into the procedure armed with as much information as possible.

Below, the team at Yessenow Plastic Surgery responds to four of the most commonly asked questions about having a tummy tuck.

Is tummy tuck safe?

Tummy tuck is generally a safe and effective procedure, although complications may occur.

Make sure to choose a board certified plastic surgeon that has privileges at a credentialed hospital or surgical center.

What kind of results can I expect?

During a tummy tuck, excess skin is removed and your abdominal wall is reconstructed. This results in a smoother, firmer abdominal contour, and the appearance of stretch marks may be reduced.

The results of a tummy tuck are relatively permanent, although the stomach tissue will relax a bit with age. Also, if patients experience a pregnancy or gain a significant amount of weight after having the surgery, the results can be undone. The best way to prolong your tummy tuck results is to maintain a stable weight via a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Will scarring occur?

Anytime an incision is made, scarring results, which means that all tummy tuck procedures leave a scar. The extent of scarring depends on the amount of skin removed and how well the body heals.

Most surgeons try to make scars where a typical bathing suit bikini would cover them, and the scars do generally fade with time.

What is the recovery process like?

Recovering from a tummy tuck takes time. Walking will be difficult for a few days after the procedure, and patients will need to rest in bed and limit their mobility.

Patients should expect to need one to two weeks of healing time before returning to work. They can usually resume light cardiovascular exercise after two weeks. But patients should refrain from heavy lifting and vigorous exercise until four to six weeks after the procedure.

Patients will also need to wear an abdominal pressure garment, like a girdle, for a few weeks to ensure proper healing.

Learn More about Tummy Tuck Surgery

Call or email the team at Yessenow Plastic Surgery to request a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Yessenow today.