When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a tummy tuck can produce potentially life-changing results. By excising loose abdominal skin and tightening the remaining skin, muscles and tissues, tummy tucks refine the body’s contours for a firmer and more sculpted appearance. It’s not uncommon for patients to feel a boost in self-confidence thanks to their flatter tummy.
Nevertheless, tummy tuck is a serious surgical procedure. Before choosing to undergo tummy tuck, you should meet with a plastic surgeon to learn more about the procedure. Here, Louisville plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Maguire shares important questions to ask during your consultation.
How many tummy tuck surgeries have you performed?
It is important to choose a surgeon who specializes in the procedure you seek, which in this case would be tummy tuck. This ensures that the surgeon has not only the training but also the experience it takes to achieve natural-looking and long-lasting results. Be sure to ask to see before-and-after pictures of past patients to get an idea of the surgeon’s technique and skill.
Can tummy tuck help me achieve the results I want?
It is important to be candid with your surgeon about your aesthetic concerns and goals. Depending on the information you share, your surgeon may suggest tummy tuck or another body contouring procedure, like liposuction. While tummy tuck addresses lax skin on the abdomen, liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen (and other body areas) that is resistant to diet and exercise. Depending on your needs, your surgeon may suggest combining tummy tuck with liposuction for optimal results.
What should I expect during recovery?
Downtime is inevitable with tummy tuck surgery so it is important that you prepare yourself well in advance. The initial recovery period typically takes one to two weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery and the healing progress. During this time, you will need to take time off work and avoid strenuous activities like bending, lifting and exercise. Be sure to ask your surgeon how soon you can shower, exercise and return to work, and when you can expect to see your finals results.
Do you have more questions about tummy tuck surgery? Dr. Maguire is one of the most experienced tummy tuck surgeons in Louisville. To learn more about the procedure from Dr. Maguire, schedule a consultation by contacting Physician’s Center for Beauty at (502) 897-7546.