Many of us struggle to achieve a flat stomach despite years of healthy eating and intensive gym sessions. Many women notice their stomach changes in appearance after pregnancy, although in some cases genetics play a large part. As with any kind of cosmetic surgery, if you’re considering a tummy-tuck in Essex, or anywhere else, it’s vital you choose a reputable provider and research the procedure beforehand so you know what to expect.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
As the NHS website explains a tummy tuck is another name for an abdominoplasty. This procedure changes the shape and appearance of the abdomen by taking away some of the fat and excess skin from the area. A partial tummy tuck involves the surgeon making a single incision and removing excess fat and skin and a full tummy tuck involves two incisions being made.
What Happens After a Tummy Tuck?
You will usually be required to stay in the hospital for at least a day or two after surgery, and even when you return home, it’s important you remain well-rested and don’t attempt any strenuous activities. Your surgeon should provide you with a detailed care plan to ensure you know exactly what your limitations post-surgery are. As a rule of thumb, it should be possible to partake in light activities after around 10-20 days of recovery, although more strenuous activities will not be possible for around six weeks. If you lead a particularly active life, it’s important you plan how you will cope during your recuperation.
Will it Scar?
Most reputable providers will allow you to ask any questions you may have about scarring and how it’s likely to affect the appearance of your abdomen after your recovery.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons offers a more in-depth explanation of the procedure and explains that though the surgery will leave scars, the appearance of these scars will vary between individuals.
If you are worried about scarring, raise your concerns with your surgeon. Your surgeon should advise you exactly where any scars will be and how well they will heal. He or she should also give you tips to help you ensure your scarring heals quickly and correctly, as well as telling you how to recognize any signs of infection or other problems.