If you are considering tummy tuck to flatten and tone your abdomen, it is imperative that you “do your homework” on the procedure. Doing so maximizes your chances of achieving the results you desire. At Attune Clinic, Mr Miles Banwell has performed hundreds of tummy tucks and personally guides patients through the many decisions they need to make in regards to their surgery. Here, the trusted surgeon discusses what every patient should know before undergoing tummy tuck.
Not a Weight Loss Tool
Many people assume tummy tuck is a great way to lose weight. In actuality, tummy tuck is often the procedure of choice for patients who have already lost a massive amount of weight and are left with unattractive folds of skin on the abdomen or small deposits of fat. Tummy tuck removes the excess skin, and if paired with liposuction, eliminates stubborn fat pockets to create a flatter and more attractive abdomen.
Before undergoing tummy tuck, candidates should be within 30 percent of a healthy body weight for their size. If you wish to lose a substantial amount of weight, Mr Banwell recommends you do so via diet and exercise or bariatric surgery instead of, or before seeking tummy tuck.
Scarring Is Inevitable
Prospective tummy tuck patients must understand that the procedure requires making an incision that will eventually turn into a scar. In traditional tummy tuck, the incision is made from hip to hip, right above the pubic hairline. The good news is that with the right technique and care, your scar will fade over time. Because of its location, the scar can be concealed by most clothing, underwear and swimsuit bottoms.
The Final Results Are Not Immediate
While you will notice some improvement in your abdomen immediately after surgery, it should be noted that the final results could take up to a year to appear. This is how long it takes for residual swelling to disappear. The best way to help your body heal as safely and quickly as possible is to follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions carefully. Follow-up appointments are also important so your surgeon can monitor your healing and if needed, make adjustments or recommendations to improve your recovery.
If you would to learn more about tummy tuck, including whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure, book a consultation with Mr Banwell. Contact Attune Clinic today.