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When to Consider Tummy Tuck Surgery

Posted August 20, 2019 in Recovery, Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

There are many things to consider when deciding to have an abdominoplasty, such as whether to undergo a traditional or a mini tummy tuck.

Whether it is to get your pre-pregnancy body back, especially after diet and exercise have not worked, or wanting to trim away stubborn fat and skin, below we have provided some basic knowledge to help you understand just what tummy tuck surgery is, and how to help you achieve the results you desire.

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Am I a Good Candidate?

The best way to determine if this surgery is suitable for helping you achieve your aesthetic desires is to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon.

During your consultation, your surgeon will go into detail about what your tummy tuck surgery will entail. Additionally, they will ask you to follow their instructions to ensure that your surgery is successful and rewarding. These pre- and post-surgical directions may include:

  • Attempting to tone the stomach with diet and exercise first
  • Refraining from certain medications, or beginning to take others
  • Lab tests
  • Refraining from smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery

What Can Be Achieved With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

There are probably many questions you have regarding tummy tuck surgery. To help you get a better understanding of this procedure and how it may benefit you, make sure that you address all of your inquiries during consultations with your surgeon.

Correcting Weak Abdominal Muscles

A flabby, weak tummy can make your body look disproportionate and be difficult to treat, no matter how many times you have gone to the gym. Tummy tuck surgery can repair the separated and weakened muscles.

Slimmer, Toned Contours

Childbearing, aging, genetics, and rapid or excessive weight loss can cause unwanted abdominal skin and fatty tissue. Tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve the results you desire by eliminating excess skin and fat to produce an aesthetically pleasing midsection.

Increased Self-Esteem

Excess fat along the midsection can cause many people to feel self-conscious about what they wear or how they look. Tummy tuck surgery can not only create a flatter and more attractive stomach, but it can allow for more clothing options, boosting your confidence.

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Recovery Guide

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Now that you have undergone your tummy tuck procedure, you are probably wondering about your recovery. Below is some helpful information that can make your recovery more comfortable and relaxing. 

Surprising Things To Help With Tummy Tuck Recovery

“Granny Panties”

So-called “granny panties” are a good recommendation during your recovery and will keep you comfortable. You do not want tight underwear riding along your incision. High-waisted underwear will protect your incision without affecting your comfort. 

Antibacterial Soap

Antibacterial soap is always good to have on hand, even if you have not undergone major surgery. Antibacterial soap or body wash will help minimize your risk of infection. They can also reduce your risk of catching any illnesses while your immune system is down during recovery. 


Constipation is quite common during the first week after tummy tuck surgery. Bowel movements slow down in response to the surgery, narcotics, and inactivity. Not only is constipation uncomfortable, but you also want to avoid straining because it will be hard on your body and your incisions after surgery. Take advantage of laxatives to relieve constipation for the first week or so until you become more regular.

Lots of Water and Juice

During your recovery, you will need to boost your fluid intake significantly. You want to make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fruit juices. Patients who received liposuction should drink even more water. Upping your water consumption will help you heal and relieve constipation. 

Ice Packs

Ice packs or even frozen peas can be used to reduce swelling. However, you should be careful not to leave them on for too long and avoid putting them directly on the skin.  

The cold from the ice pack temporarily dulls or numbs the skin in the treated area, and you will not be able to tell when it has become too cold because you’ve left the ice pack on for too long. It is best to set a timer and follow your surgeon’s recommendations for how long to use the ice.

If you are experiencing dissatisfaction with the appearance of your midsection, contact Dr. Rey by calling (310) 205-3107 or by filling out our online contact form to determine if you are a good candidate.