Plastic surgery, such as a tummy tuck, can make significant changes to a patient’s body. While modern medical science has advanced these procedures to the point where they are routinely safe and quick, the reality is still that recuperation and recovery time is still necessary after the surgery.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
This surgery, also known as an abdominoplasty, reduces the appearance of fullness around a person’s midsection. A doctor, such as Dr. Pramit Malhotra, can help a patient achieve a slimmer, more toned look by creating an incision below the navel, removing some excess fat and loose skin, tightening muscles in the area as necessary, pulling the remaining abdominal skin tight, and suturing the now-tighter skin into place.
A tummy tuck ultimately creates a flatter stomach with greater definition, but is not intended to be a weight-loss procedure. Patients should consider a tummy tuck at a healthy weight that is very close to their ideal weight. Being in good health will also help the surgery to run smoothly, and can aid with recovery. Other factors that can improve a patient’s recovery experience may include ceasing smoking, getting plenty of rest before the plastic surgery procedure, eating well, and following any instructions you receive from the team of professionals that are working with you.
How Will I Know What to Do After a Tummy Tuck?
Your best recovery resource after your tummy tuck will be your doctor and his staff. Together, they will guide and instruct you on how to ensure the best aesthetic outcome possible.
Generally, you can expect pressure to be applied to the abdominal area to minimize swelling. This can be bandages or a compression garment. Another anti-swelling measure involves inserting small tubes that allow for blood and other fluids that can accumulate to drain out of the surgical site.
Dr. Pramit Malhotra and his staff will provide any necessary instruction on how to care for yourself after a tummy tuck, including how to remove and change bandages, how to prevent infection, what to watch for to ensure healing is proceeding as expected, and when to call with questions.
A good rule of thumb is to expect a break from strenuous activity for six or so weeks after your abdominoplasty.
Dr. Malhotra and his staff are happy to answer questions prospective patients have about what a tummy tuck in Michigan entails. Schedule a consultation or call to learn more.