Your Top 4 Questions On Tummy Tuck Surgery Answered By Dr Edinburg
Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) is one of the most popular procedures at the Eden Institute and patients often come to me with a myriad of questions prior to surgery. I always welcome these questions because it is so important for patients to be well informed and comfortable with their decision before proceeding with surgery.
Below are the top 4 questions I get asked for Tummy Tuck Surgery:
1) How long do I need to wear the binder garment after Tummy Tuck Surgery?
My recommendation is 6 weeks. After the first 3 weeks post Tummy Tuck Surgery, you can reduce the amount of wear per day. Ultimately my recommendation will vary patient to patient. Whilst it may seem like a hassle to wear this garment every day, most of my patients are grateful to have the support through those first few weeks and it can impact on your recovery process and final results. These garments can be hand washed or washed on delicate cycle and they dry quickly, so most patients find the process quite manageable.
2) How soon after Tummy Tuck Surgery will it be before I can start exercising again?
Generally as a rough guide, you can resume usual activity after 4-6 weeks post Tummy Tuck Surgery. Of course, you can start with walking before that. I always stress though, whilst exercise is a healthy activity and one to be encouraged, pushing the limits before your body is ready (after surgery) will only slow down your recovery process. It’s essential that you give yourself a reasonable rehabilitation timeframe and ease back into exercise or sports in a controlled and sensible manner. This is why it’s so important to listen to your doctor’s advice, as each patient’s recovery will be unique and thus recommendations on when to resume exercise would need to be tailored accordingly.
3) Are the results from Tummy Tuck Surgery permanent?
Tummy Tuck Surgery involves tightening of your abdominal muscles and the procedure is designed to produce permanent, lasting results. However, your lifestyle post-surgery can impact on your outcomes in the long run. For example, if you have a pregnancy or gain a lot of weight afterwards, which can affect your muscles, then your muscles may stretch. To maintain your Tummy Tuck results, it’s important that you let your muscles heal after the surgery and so be diligent in following your Plastic Surgeons’ postoperative guidelines to ensure you give yourself the best result. In my practice, I have found that my patients are often inspired by their new ‘look’ and so are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to maintain their fantastic results.
4) Can I get pregnant after Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Yes you can definitely get pregnant and have children after your Tummy Tuck Surgery. However I would recommend waiting until you’re fully healed after your Tummy Tuck before you proceed with pregnancy. The last thing you want is to put the operated area under too much strain before it’s properly recovered. It’s hard to give you a set time because healing processes vary patient to patient, and so you must speak to your Plastic Surgeon to get the best advice that’s tailored to your condition.