Things you should know before tummy tuck surgery

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If you don’t feel happy with how your stomach looks, you aren’t alone.

Did you know? As many as 84% of women express dissatisfaction with how their stomachs look.

Miss how flat your stomach used to be? Eager to see a return to how you used to look when you were younger and fitter?

A tummy tuck may hold the answer.

Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck surgery is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen.

It’s all about tightening the loose muscles of the abdominal walls and removing excess flab and skin.

The result? A flat, firm and more defined waist.

Of course, as with any other type of plastic surgery, it’s important that before you make any decisions, you’re fully informed of what’s involved in the procedure.

6 things you NEED to know before tummy tuck surgery

Let’s make things clear right from the start: abdominoplasty isn’t an instant solution – the human body is complicated, after all!

Because of this, there are a whole bunch of things you need to consider before deciding whether or not a tummy tuck is the solution to your problem.

The issue is that many women have no idea about these factors!

That’s why our team of friendly nurses and plastic surgery specialists has put together this list, featuring the 6 most common things that women overlook when considering abdominoplasty…

1) You need to stabilise your weight before your tummy tuck

Many women choose to undergo a tummy tuck because they’re worried about their weight, and how it makes their stomachs look.

There’s nothing wrong with that – provided that your weight is consistent, that is.

Before going through the procedure,it’s important that you’ve gotten as close as possible to your target weight – and maintained it – for around 6 months before undergoing a tummy tuck. 

This is because gaining additional weight can impact the effectiveness of your tummy tuck, stretching your abdominal tissues and even undoing the procedure altogether.

If you want the effects to stick, you’ll need to ensure that you won’t simply add the weight back – hence, the importance of a stable weight before going under the knife.

2) Expect a couple of weeks for recovery

A surgical procedure like tummy tuck will require at least 2-3 weeks to heal, though it isn’t unheard of for a complete recovery to take longer.

In particular, you should expect to experience a degree of swelling, soreness and fatigue.

Don’t panic just yet – this normal in the first few days following surgery, and will eventually improve in time.

Additionally, after tummy tuck surgery, our team will take steps to speed up your recovery as much as possible, offering compression garments and actively following your recovery.

To be safe and to optimise the results, we urge you to take the time to recover and not put any pressure on yourself to get back to daily life sooner.

3) Tummy tuck will leave a permanent scar

Don’t worry, most of the time it won’t be visible at all!

It’s true that scarring is an unavoidable consequence of plastic surgery. That’s why our plastic surgeons take measures to ensure that the resulting scar is almost impossible to spot.

When planning your tummy tuck surgery, our plastic surgeons in Cairns carefully select where we’re going to make our incision. We’ll choose an area that’s hidden, such as on the beltline.

This spot is favourite because it’s hidden by your clothing!

Additionally, our team also offers a range of scar treatments that may assist in fading your scars.

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4) There are two types of abdominoplasty

Not all tummy tuck procedures are the same. In fact, there are two kinds of the tummy tuck:

  1. Partial tummy tuck
  2. Full tummy tuck surgery

A partial tummy tuck concentrates below the belly button, removing fat and excess skin from the lower abdomen.

By contrast, a full or traditional tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat across the large part of the stomach.

Unsure what type of abdominoplasty is best suited for you? Feel free to talk to our team for a FREE conversation to discuss your concerns and your options.

5) Tummy tuck is NOT a substitute for weight loss

While some weight loss can be a welcome side-effect, it isn’t the point.

Not to mention, it only targets your belly, and not weight elsewhere in your body.

Another mistake many women make is assuming that tummy tuck surgery is functionally the same as liposuction.

Liposuction removes fat deposits from that specific area in your body.

By contrast, abdominoplasty concentrates on tightening up your stomach, removing excess skin and fat from your middle and lower abdomen.

In fact, it’s often employed as a follow-up procedure after liposuction, as liposuction procedures often leave behind loose, sagging skin.

6) Make sure you’re comfortable with your plastic surgeon

Plastic surgery is a big deal. What’s more, it involves your body, so naturally you’re going to feel a little anxious.

That’s why it’s so important that you choose a plastic surgeon that you’re comfortable with before starting.

Qualifications. Track record. Experience. All of these are important.

If you ask us however, it’s just as important you choose someone:

  • You’re comfortable with
  • Who respects your wishes
  • Who understands what you’re going through
  • Connects with you, and makes you feel comfortable
  • Doesn’t pressure you to do anything
  • Is realistic and practical

Take the team at Cairns Plastic Surgery, for example.

Unlike many other clinics, our primary surgeon is a woman – this allows us to bring a uniquely female perspective to the table.

You can trust that we won’t rush you or pressure you into anything you’re uncomfortable with.

Instead, our team will treat your case with sensitivity and care, ensuring you’re comfortable with everything that goes on – it’s your body, after all. And to us, the experience means everything.

Talk to us about tummy tuck surgery – book your free nurse information session today!

You’ve seen the tummy tuck before and after pictures. You’re convinced: a tummy tuck might be just what you need.

Unsure if a tummy tuck is right for you? There’s one way to find out – and it all starts with a simple, no-strings-attached confidential chat with a nurse at Cairns Plastic Surgery.

Our friendly team will answer all your questions about the procedure during your free information session.

Call us on (07) 4031 5755 or fill in the form to get in touch with us today.