What To Expect For My Tummy Tuck Recovery?
What To Expect For My Tummy Tuck Recovery?
One of the most common questions we get is what a patient should expect during their tummy tuck recovery. Of course, this is a pointed question, because every patient should fully understand the procedure and their tummy tuck recovery. To ensure patients have access to this vital information about the tummy tuck recovery, we have created an overview of frequently asked questions relating to the tummy tuck recovery.
Which Patients Will Benefit From A Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck?
Patients who have a tummy tuck usually have some excess skin (sagging skin or loose skin) and a small amount of excess fat that cannot be removed through a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. After experiencing significant weight loss, patients can still be left with additional complaints such as back pain from separated abdominal muscles.
During tummy tuck surgery, the cosmetic surgeon will remove excess abdominal skin and excess fat from the midsection. He may also move the belly button, which means separating it from the abdominal wall and moving it to a different location on the abdomen.
How Long Do I Have to Stay at the Clinic After My Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is an outpatient procedure, so most patients can leave our clinic on the same day of their surgery. However, the patient will be monitored and evaluated before the patient can leave the clinic; this to reduce the chance of complications after their abdominoplasty.
Even though we do everything we can to avoid complications, they are still a possibility. Therefore, it is a good idea to have someone with you for the first 48 hours after your surgery. If you believe you are suffering from a complication, please contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic or page Dr Lanzer.
The tummy tuck can be done under a local or general anaesthetic. As a tummy tuck patient, it is important to be aware of the side-effects of general anaesthetic. For at least 24 hours after the surgery, it is important not to make any important decisions or sign documents.
Do I Have to Take Time Off Work?
You will need some time to recover after a body contouring procedure, so the Dr Lanzer Clinic advises to take a small vacation once you had your treatment. The time you need will also depend on the fact if you had any additional procedures. For example, if you had a mummy makeover, or a breast augmentation, then your recovery time will be a little longer.
The time you need off work does depend on the type of job you have. For example, if you have a physically demanding job, you will need more time off than a person with a less physically demanding job; this because patients need to avoid strenuous activity for some time after their procedure. A physically demanding job can entail a number of things; this could involve weight lifting on a daily basis, but also running, bending, and other physical activities that go beyond a gentle walk.
How Long Until I Can See the Results from a Liposuction Tummy Tuck?
Results obtained from lipo tummy tuck will not be visible on the abdominal area immediately; this because most patients experience swelling for some days after surgery. Therefore, patients can only evaluate the results obtained from lipo tummy tuck after the swelling has subsided; this usually happens during a follow-up appointment at The Dr Lanzer Clinic.
Please note that the final results of a lipo tummy tuck procedure will not be visible until several months after the procedure. Therefore, final results are only visible once you have gone through your tuck recovery.
Tummy tuck results can continue to improve for months post procedure, mainly as you go through the healing process. For example, the abdomen can get flatter as the swelling goes down after your procedure. Of course, patients should also maintain a healthy lifestyle after their procedure and avoid weight gain to enjoy their results long-term.
Discover Liposuction Tummy Tuck Advantages!
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for tummy tuck procedures. Patients should recover from a lipo tummy tuck for several months, since the body needs time to repair itself.
If you’re looking to remove fat from your tummy, get a free consultation at the Tummy Tuck clinic with Dr Lanzer.
When Do I Need To Return To The Dr Lanzer Clinic For The Follow-Up Appointment?
The time until you need to return for a follow-up appointment varies from patient to patient, so the date when you need to return will be determined at The Dr Lanzer Clinic. The follow-up appointment is usually determined before you leave the clinic after your lipo tummy tuck procedure.
Patients can sometimes have questions about their follow-up appointment, so do not hesitate to ask these questions before your procedure takes place or simply by contacting our receptionists.
Could I Encounter A Seroma After A Tummy Tuck?
Seroma is a side-effect that could occur after a liposuction procedure. A seroma could be described as a collection of serum, which is usually lymph fluid. Seroma can collect in a cavity in the body, which could be formed after a lipo procedure.
A seroma is often bothersome for patients, but rarely dangerous. For most patients, the seroma will sort itself out over several weeks. However, if a patient is quite bothered by the seroma, they can contact their surgeon and the seroma can be removed manually.
To remove a seroma, the cosmetic surgery can use a syringe, which is used to drain the seroma manually. So, if you encounter a seroma after your procedure, you can have it removed opposed to letting it sort itself out over a period of weeks.
Of course, not all patients will experience seroma, because it can depend on the type of technique used by the surgeon and the amount of fat that is removed during your procedure. However, in some cases a seroma is unavoidable. If you are concerned about seroma, please speak to your surgeon before you have your surgery.
Does Abdominoplasty Surgery
Remove Stretch marks?
No, a different cosmetic procedure is needed to remove stretch marks. The procedure is non-surgical in nature and can be obtained after surgical procedures such as the tummy tuck.
How Long Until I Can Resume My Normal Physical Activities?
As we mentioned briefly earlier, patients must avoid strenuous activities for some time after their procedure. Of course, each patient has their own unique healing process, so the recovery period needed to fully recover is different for everyone.
We advise patients to visit The Dr Lanzer Clinic for their follow-up appointment before resuming their normal physical activities. The Dr Lanzer Clinic can also give you some advice on when to resume your normal activities before you leave the clinic. Naturally, this can vary from patient to patient.
If you are uncertain whether to resume your normal activities or not, please contact The Dr Lanzer Clinic first. Your safety is important to us, so do not hesitate to give us a call if you experience some problems, or if you are uncertain if you are ready to resume your normal activities.
What Side-Effects Can I Experience After A Tummy Tuck?
As the tummy tuck includes removing excess skin and fat, and possibly relocating the belly button, side-effects can range in severity. They are subject to the overall scope of the procedure and the techniques used by your surgeon.
Even though side-effects may vary from patient to patient, there are some symptoms that most patients experience after their tuck. Common side-effects that patients experience after a lipo tummy tuck are swelling, bruising and general discomfort.
The discomfort patients experience after their procedure can be managed with pain medication obtained over the counter. However, the surgeon can prescribe some pain management medication and some antibiotics to prevent infections. The patient may also require an abdominal binder or compression garment, which will help reduce the side-effects.
Some patients may have to avoid some types of medications during their recovery; this information will be provided before your procedure takes place. If you are unsure about a medication, always contact the clinic first.
To avoid complications, it is always recommended to keep the blood flowing after your procedure; this by doing some gentle walking. Even though strenuous activity is advised against, light walking can prevent complications such as a blood clot.
During your recovery, we always tell patients to pay particular attention to the incision site. If you notice anything unusual, contact your clinic immediately.
Where Can I Go With Additional Questions About Recovery After A Tummy Tuck?
Do you have any remaining questions after reading this article? Or do you require some clarification about a part of your recovery? Get in touch with the clinic today for some additional information. Patients can contact us by phone, but also via email or web form. The Dr Lanzer Clinic is present all across Australia, including in areas such as Sydney and Melbourne.
Please note, Dr Lanzer is a board-certified plastic surgeon and dermatologist and is a member of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS). Dr Lanzer also has his own surgery centre where procedures are performed.
Patients can also refer to the website for more information about other procedures such as the breast lift, breast reduction, breast surgery, facelift, body lift, and more. For some examples of the tummy tuck, please visit our tummy tuck before and after photographs page.