What happens when I have surgery?

Before your tummy tuck surgery

  • Tummy Tuck for MenIf you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Cosmetic Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation.
  • Your Cosmetic Surgeon will advise you if you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.

The day of your tummy tuck surgery

  • The Cosmetic Surgeon will visit you in your room to obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions and queries that you may have.
  • When you wake up from the anaesthetic you will find drainage tubes will be in place and painkillers will be given to you as required.
  • A support corset will be applied as required.
  • You will stay in hospital for 24-48 hours at the discretion of your Cosmetic Surgeon.

Going home after your tummy tuck surgery

  • You will need to rest considerably after this operation and during the first week post-surgery and you will need to be careful not to put a strain on your lower abdomen.
  • It is advisable to refrain from any strenuous exercise or work for up to 6 weeks. Most patients can expect to return work after 2 weeks.
  • It is very important that you attend the follow up post-surgery appointment which has been made for you, to care for your wound and see your Cosmetic Surgeon post-operatively to make sure that you are healing well.
  • You will have your own personal Nurse Counsellor both before and after your procedure to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from tummy tuck surgery

  • Following surgery, you will need to rest and wear a light support garment.
  • Return to light exercises to start toning muscles after at least 2 weeks.
  • Most men return to work about 14 days after their operation.

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