Five Things To Consider Before Having a Tummy Tuck

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Women have been battling excess skin and “mommy pooches” that come post-pregnancy for thousands of years. No matter how devoted and determined a woman is to claim victory over the bulge, many times this problem area persists.
You’re not alone if you find yourself losing this war – you’re fighting Mother Nature herself! Between the natural aging process, childbirth, and weight fluctuations over the years, the odds are stacked against you. Sometimes not even strict diets and radical exercise programs are enough to get your pre-pregnancy flat stomach back.

You may be considering a tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, to solve your stomach issues. This cosmetic surgery procedure is ideal for sculpting and slimming your abdominal area. Damaged and weakened abdominal muscles can also be repaired simultaneously, which will keep your stomach tight and flat over the long term.

Before you schedule your tummy tuck in Atlanta, we recommend you review these five things to consider and expect.

1. Maintain A Stable Weight

It’s important to point out that an abdominoplasty is a sculpting and shaping procedure and will not help with weight loss. Most surgeons recommend achieving your desired weight and maintaining that weight for about six to twelve months before your scheduled tummy tuck. Dr. Deutsch will recommend that you remain within 25 pounds of your ideal weight. He encourages a healthy lifestyle, proper diet, with an appropriate exercise regime to maintain optimal results. Having your weight stable and your body in good health will lessen the chances of complications after the surgery. If too much weight is lost or gained after the tummy tuck, it can alter or reverse the contouring achieved by the surgery.

For example, since a woman’s stomach tissues stretch to unbelievable limits during pregnancy, most surgeons recommend holding off on a tummy tuck if you are considering having children within two years of the surgery. Of course, a tummy tuck will not affect pregnancy, however, having a child after the procedure will lessen the achieved results.

2. You Will Need Downtime For Recovery and You Will Need Help

Abdominoplasty is considered major surgery and requires a healing period of several weeks. The average recovery takes about two to three weeks. There will be moderate pain during the first few days, and it’s normal to be sore, tired, and swollen. Your condition will improve consistently with proper rest and care. When you start to feel better, you may be tempted to resume regular duties.

You will need a family member or friend to help with anything that requires bending or lifting for about two weeks. It’s going to take this long before you will be able to stand upright fully. And you’ll still need help for about four to six weeks after the procedure. You will not be able to lift heavy items like groceries or children safely. Otherwise, you may strain the surgical incisions. It is essential that you follow Dr. Deutsch’s recovery instructions and put your energy into rest so your body can heal better and as quickly as possible.

With this in mind, you will need to arrange care for any small children for a few weeks. You may be tempted to be Super Mom and carry on, but we don’t want you to risk the beautiful curves you recaptured. Take the doctor’s advice and go all-in on your recovery. Your flat belly will reward you.

3. A Scar Will Be Present, But Will Fade

No amount of weight loss or exercise will prevent the presence of a scar after surgery. Because the incision runs horizontally from hip to hip over the pubic bone, you will have a scar in the shape of a “smile.” It’s possible you may need a smaller additional scar around your navel, and Dr. Deutsch will let you know in advance if this is required.

The scar will be very evident initially. However, after about a year, it will start to fade and flatten. With more time, the scar will continue to lighten.

4. Surgical Drains Will Be Needed

Drains are needed post-surgery to remove blood or fluid buildups. Drains also reduce swelling and help to promote proper healing. These drains are temporary but do require proper care and attention. Dr. Deutsch and his team will discuss the needs and care for surgical drains before your procedure. This will include reviewing any bathing or showering limitations. Most drains are removed within 7-10 days of the tummy tuck, but they may be needed for 2 weeks or more.

5. Healing May Take Up to One Year

A common misconception associated with tummy tucks is that you will wake up from surgery with a perfectly flat tummy. The truth is that you won’t immediately see the benefits as your body needs time to heal. This is major surgery, and your body will initially react with swelling, bruising, redness, and stiffness. Some women continue to see lingering swelling for up to six months. It’s also normal for the incision site to experience numbness; this loss of sensation will slowly resolve itself. Like anything worthwhile in life, the total benefits of a tummy tuck in Atlanta may take a while to develop – up to a full year. That’s how long your stomach needs to finish healing and display the much-anticipated results.

The Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon in Atlanta

If you have exhausted your diet and exercise options and still can’t regain your pre-pregnancy stomach, you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty with the best tummy tuck surgeon in Atlanta, Dr. Deutsch. Most patients are thrilled with their results. “I have patients who have lost a lot of weight on their own and come in to get rid of the extra, loose skin. After the surgery, they are ecstatic about their new look,” says Dr. Deutsch. “It can be very rewarding and even necessary for some people.”

Extreme weight loss, pregnancy, or natural aging changes the curve in your waist. A tummy tuck can bring back your sense of confidence in your body image. Explore your options for a firmer, flatter, and better-proportioned abdomen. Call our office today at 404-255-0886 or complete the online contact form to schedule a consultation. Plastic surgeon Dr. Deutsch will be happy to discuss your goals and concerns to determine if a tummy tuck is the right option.