Updated for 2018.
Whatever your reasons for considering a tummy tuck, you want your results to look amazing. Understanding these four facts about tummy tucks can mean uncovering the secrets you need to achieve great tummy tuck results.
Every Scar Is Different
The fact is that your tummy tuck scar may be a few inches long or extend from hip to hip. However, the overwhelming majority of people are so thrilled with their results that they don’t even notice their scar, which is discreetly placed below the bikini line. Your plastic surgeon should also offer scar management tips so that you can heal nicely.
Arrange for Help the First Week
Although most tummy tucks are outpatient surgeries, you’ll still need help for up to a full week afterward. From having extra support for childcare to daily cooking and cleaning, you’ll want to focus on healing, not housework.
Prepare Your Home and Your Job
Most doctors recommend you don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for the first 4 to 6 weeks after a tummy tuck. Buy paper plates to avoid dishes, pre-cook frozen meals and make arrangements to take off work the first two weeks. Automate and simplify every task you can, from online bill pay to grocery delivery.
Find a Qualified Plastic Surgeon You Trust
When choosing a plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck, you should get the facts about their training and credentials. If your doctor isn’t board-certified by the ABPS (American Board of Plastic Surgeons), they likely don’t have the specialized training and experience that can help you attain excellent results. Look for a plastic surgeon that is not only highly skilled but also one that truly cares about you and your well-being.