Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck

Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that helps you get rid of excess belly fat. Surgeons cut off excess skin and fat will be removed from the lower, middle and upper abdomen. This will make your stomach more resilient and attractive. Operation involves the removal of a skin and fat apron and reducing the waist. Tummy tuck will make your belly flat and fit. Typically, a tummy tuck is used because of sagging skin after pregnancy or after significant weight loss, and abdominal hernia. You get rid of excess skin and subcutaneous fat by liposuction and conducting complex procedures aimed at toning of abdominal muscles.

Tummy tuck before and after

Indications for surgical treatment:

  • pendulous abdomen, which appeared as a result of weight loss, with age or hormonal changes in the body, or after pregnancy;
  • decrease in elasticity of the abdominal muscles and their divergence (epigastrocele abdomen);
  • unsightly appearance of the abdomen, caused by the presence of postoperative scars;
  • abdominal hernia.

Besides indications, it is worth mentioning about the constraints under which tummy tuck is not carried out:

  • tummy tuck is not carried out for a woman who is planning to have a baby. Because the results obtained in the course of the operation, after the birth will be completely lost. Therefore it is better to plan a tummy tuck after giving birth;
  • the weight must be stable, as with weight loss after surgery may appear excess skin;
  • chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity III-IV degree, cardiopulmonary insufficiency.

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The conditions necessary for a successful tummy tuck

The basic condition for a successful conduct of any kind of plastic surgery, including abdominoplasty, is the absence of any disease immediately before the operation (this also applies to respiratory diseases). At the preparatory stage before the operation, not less than 10 days, you need to stop taking any medications that thin the blood. You should also refrain from smoking for at least 10 days prior to surgery, and a month and a half after the operation. Immediately prior to surgery (two days before) you must also restrict calorie intake and drink plenty of fluids. On the day of surgery, you can not eat and drink.

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What does tummy tuck include?

A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin, fat, scars and stretch marks that are below the navel. Also is strengthened the muscle corset. The most commonly used lifting of lower or horizontal access in skinfold above the pubis. In some cases, performed additional scar around the navel. Duration of surgery may constitute up to three hours.
Phase recovery after surgery.

After surgery, the doctor prescribe to patient painkillers, antibiotics and the patient is in a semi-sitting position on the bed. During the first 24 hours of the postoperative period, bed rest is mandatory. You will be able to stand up no earlier than the second day under the strict supervision of the medical staff of the clinic. First 4-6 weeks after surgery is necessary to constantly wear a bandage and use compression underwear.

Tummy tuck before and after

The first time after a tummy tuck, the sensitivity varies around the navel. It will be recovered within two months. Side effects are considered as undesirable effects after surgery for a tummy tuck. Level of side effects can be expressed by individual patient characteristics (thickness of fat, weight, hidden disease processes in the body, smoking). Standard postoperative complications are considered malaise, pain during movement, swelling of the skin. They continue for 2-3 weeks. Then they gradually are minimized and completely disappear after 2-3 months.

For today the tummy tuck guarantees good results for patients who have a weakened abdominal muscles or apron from skin and fat. The end result of the operation can only be evaluated after six months. Largely the result will depend not only on the professionalism of the surgeon, but also on the individual patient, as well as compliance with all the doctor’s recommendations. We recommend that you apply to surgeons who have years of experience in performing of tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck is one of the most frequent operations, as each second woman needs tummy tuck after the birth of the child.

Tummy tuck cost

Tummy tuck prices are in the range of 3 thousand dollars to 20 thousand dollars and depend on individual patient characteristics, methods, complexity and scope of surgery. Cost of anesthesia is calculated separately. Exact cost you can find out only after consultation with the surgeon.

What medications are needed after tummy tuck


  1. Hayley says:

    Had a great nights sleep and taking my regular painkillers but only discomfort is back ache , probs from crouching over a bit and the odd twinge in wounds but over all I think so far so good , how are you Chrissi , with being on these meds my memory isn’t so good at the mo lol

  2. Crissi says:

    You look amazing! Glad you’re moving so well! I am doing ok. Not nearly as good as you I don’t think lol. I found a lump in my right boob this morning. May be scar tissue, or the implant I dunno. But it’s kinda sore. I see the dr next week so I’m just waiting it out. I’m not taking pain meds anymore though I will be taking a sleeping aid from now on until I can sleep on my side again. I’m tired, and my neck/back ache but besides that all in all I really can’t complain. Thanks for asking =]

  3. Hayley says:

    Chrissie how long ago was you’re op ? I woke up on my side this morning was a bit scared to move at first but seemed ok. Yeah it seems to tell on other parts if the body the back is bad enough . Soon we will forget the pain won’t we , but it’s nice for us women to have a good moan together. Was at my friends house earlier and much as they ask and truely care I don’t want to be on about it all the time to them

  4. Rivera says:

    My right side boob was kind of tender lately. It seems like it moved down a little lower. I stuck my hand in my bra and pressed a little. I felt a little bump, so I pressed a little harder, and it kinda hurt, but it also like moves/clicks.. What do you think? Is it the implant? Scar tissue? A mass? I see my dr next week, should I call or let it go for now? I know I’m not even 2 weeks PO, (I am 13 days) it all just worries me.

  5. Judi says:

    it could be scar tissue. gently massage it.

  6. Stephanie says:

    It’s probably scar tissue – get a good massage in the area

  7. Rivera says:

    Soooooo……. When can I have sex?!?!?!?! Lol

  8. Judy says:

    My girl won’t wax me for a few more weeks.

  9. Roni says:

    ABOUT medications after tummy tuck! Laxatives do wonders, something gentle so you don’t cramp

  10. Leycei says:

    I have them Ari Shelton Parks

  11. Julia says:

    Pick up some dial body wash antibacterial for when you can start showering. Also hibiclense most drug stores sell it.

  12. Leycei says:

    Did any of you have panniculetomy? Is two weeks enough time off for desk job?

  13. Julia says:

    You should be fine after two weeks. My doc said i didnt need myscle repair and today i still believe that i never got it cause i do not have a perfectly flat stomach even though he says he gave me muscle repair. So therefore without muscle repair it is considered a panniculetomy. I would have been fine after to weeks to return to desk job. I would just be careful when you twist around in your chair. And take it easy when u go from sitting to stand up position. You may need to get up and walk around more to keep your self from cramping up. I am now a year and a half post op tummy tuck.

  14. Leycei says:

    Ok tks. I’m getting a panniculetomy

  15. Julia says:

    I dont work except for around the house with kids but within two weeks i was driving and cleaning…. and back to my normal routine.

  16. Leycei says:

    Okay, tks I prefer to save sick and vacation time for summer.

  17. Julia says:

    I soo hear you! I would be the same especially when u get back into your cute clothes and have your new tummy

  18. Julia says:

    Do u know you can get a ton more information if you join realself.com. it was my life saver before and after my tt. Your able to join in with many people whoare having tummy tucks on and around the time your scheduled.