It is natural to have lots of questions before you undergo any kind of surgical procedure, and it is important that you discuss all of these with your surgeon. If you are considering an abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, Dr Hunt has answered some of the most common questions associated with this procedure.
Will I stay in hospital?
A tummy tuck is an invasive procedure and Dr Hunt encourages his patients to spend time in hospital in the early stages after their surgery. The duration of the hospital stay will depend on the type of tummy tuck performed and may range from three to five days.
Will there be drains after my tummy tuck?
Drains allow the removal of fluid that accumulates following a surgical procedure.
As all of the wounds will be closed, we do not want a collection of fluid underneath the wound as this can lead to wound breakdown and infection issues. The purpose of the drain is to remove the fluid that naturally weeps from the tissue after surgery in the first few days. Once the volume of fluid in the drain decreases, the drains will be removed. Drains remain an important part of the tummy tuck to minimise wound complication, such as wound infection and wound breakdown.
How long will I need off work?
The duration off work will be determined by the type of tummy tuck performed. In cases of mini-abdominoplasty, it may be possible to return to work within a week or two. Patients who have undergone a more extensive body contouring procedure, such as an extended abdominoplasty or lower body-lift, can expect a much longer recovery time and will be able to return to work up to four weeks after their surgery.
When can I return to the gym?
It is advised that patients will not be able to go to the gym for approximately six weeks after their tummy tuck.
If a patients returns to physical exercise too vigorously in the early stages after their surgery, it can lead to swelling, potential bleeding and wound complications. Dr Hunt encourages his patients to make a slow and steady return to normal activities and patients can expect to return to the gym six weeks after their tummy tuck.
What happens if I gain or lose weight after a tummy tuck?
A well-performed tummy tuck will allow weight gain and weight loss of approximately 10 kg in either direction without compromising the results of the tummy tuck. The abdominoplasty is designed to re-proportion and re-distribute the shape of the abdomen and it will withstand reasonable shifts in weight either up or down.
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery with Dr Hunt, click here. You can also view a collection of before and after photos from Dr Hunt’s previous tummy tuck patients. To book your consultation with Dr Hunt, click here.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.