Starting Your Tummy Tuck Journey

If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, you undoubtedly have questions. Below are the answers to the most common questions people who visit our clinic have about tummy tuck surgery.

What Should You Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation?

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Reynolds will provide a comprehensive and personalized consultation which includes a detailed patient history, physical examination, and tummy tuck options. During your consultation, we will work to tailor your procedure according to your desires and goals.

What Should You Expect During Your Tummy Tuck Surgery Preparation Visit?

During your visit in preparation for the procedure, we review what a tummy tuck will do for you, complete a physical to ensure you are ready for surgery and your recovery, and take before pictures. Prior to surgery, you may be asked to get lab testing, take certain medications, or adjust your current medications. You will be advised to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.

What Happens During Tummy Tuck Surgery?

During tummy tuck surgery, extra skin and fat of the abdomen is removed and, if needed, repairs to weakened or separated abdominal muscles are made. This process creates a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.

What Are the Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

As with any surgery, a more complete list of risks will be discussed at your consultation and pre-surgery visits. Some of the more commonly discussed risks include a small risk of bleeding, infection, and blood clot in the legs or lungs. Great care is taken to ensure that these risks are kept to the absolute minimum. To lower the risks post-surgery, adequate hydration and walking are important.

What Are Some Long-Term Considerations After a Tummy Tuck?

If a consistent weight is maintained, tummy tuck results are stable over time. If you experience any weight fluctuations or become pregnant, this may change your tummy tuck result.

Ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what your recovery will be like, including:

  • What medications will I need to take?
  • Will I have stitches, and when will they be removed?
  • When can I exercise again?
  • Do I need to come back for a follow-up visit?

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