WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I HAVE SURGERY?

You may be advised to lose some weight prior to your surgery to give you the best result to a particular area. At your Cosmetic Surgeon consultation you will need to discuss your expectations - the results will be far more successful if this is agreed with your Surgeon beforehand.

If 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 when 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. The Cosmetic Surgeon will also at this time obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions 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 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 six weeks. Most people can expect to return to work after two 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

Full recovery from tummy tuck surgery usually takes six to eight weeks but you will be able to resume light exercise approximately two weeks after the procedure. Your surgeon will advise you on what is best for you, but most of our patients take at least two weeks off work to give themselves time to recover. It will be necessary to wear a light support garment in the weeks following your surgery to ensure that the area is not only supported but also protected.


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