During your tummy tuck journey, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into the surgeon you want to use, the type of tummy tuck you prefer, and when the right time to undergo your tummy tuck surgery actually is. We’re here to answer a few questions to get you on track to finding the perfect technique and time for you to get your tummy tuck.
Can I Maintain a Stable Weight?
It is very important that you are able to maintain a stable weight and are finished having children before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Tummy tuck surgery is not meant to be a weight-loss procedure. It is usually the last step of your journey to a healthier version of yourself. If you are not at your goal weight or are unable to maintain a stable weight, then there is a risk of having more excess skin later on if you were to lose weight after your tummy tuck. Though you will still be able to have children, pregnancy can alter your tummy tuck results as it causes the skin to stretch, abdominal muscles to weaken, and fat to accumulate in the already treated area.
What Type of Tummy Tuck Should I Choose?
Dr. Hotchandani at Hotchandani Laser, Vein & Cosmetic Surgery offers two types of tummy tuck surgery: traditional and mini. Scheduling a consultation will allow you to discuss your goals and desires and will give Dr. Hotchandani an opportunity to determine whether the traditional or mini tummy tuck is the best option for you.
- Traditional tummy tuck: A long incision is placed along the lower abdomen spanning from hipbone to hipbone, and a circular incision is made around the belly button. A vertical incision in the midline might be required in some cases in addition to the transverse incision. Dr. Hotchandani always performs vaser liposuction in conjunction with any tummy tuck. Excess tissue is removed, and the muscles may require repair.
- Mini tummy tuck: A shorter incision is placed along the lower abdomen at the bikini line to remove excess tissue. Mini tummy tuck is usually performed under local in conjunction with vaser liposuction.
Do I Have the Time to Rest and Recover?
Recovery is a major aspect of tummy tuck surgery. Yes, you can get the surgery when your body is ready, but will your life and timeline be ready to just rest, relax, and recover enough to heal properly? Tummy tuck patients will experience bruising, swelling, and some discomfort for about three weeks; however, a full recovery will take around six weeks, depending on the patient. Although exercise is not allowed until you are cleared by Dr. Hotchandani, short walks and normal movements are acceptable and encouraged to aid in the healing process and promote blood flow. Having enough time to fully recover is crucial to your healing and your results, so make sure to schedule your surgery during a time that you can recover freely without any crazy expectations or vacations on the horizon.