- What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
- Who benefits from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?
- What are the considerations of a tummy tuck?
- What are the types of tummy tucks?
- How to choose a plastic surgeon for your abdominoplasty
- The procedure for a tummy tuck
- Recovery and aftercare of a tummy tuck
- Some questions answered
Some questions answered
How long will the results of a stomach tuck last?
You should not significantly gain weight or fall pregnant, as your results may be reversed by these. While skin will automatically stretch with age and time, the results of a tummy tuck should be quite permanent if you stick to a healthy diet and fitness regime, as a tummy tuck on its own does not mean you will not gain weight again.
What are the risks of a tummy tuck?
Significant complications are infrequent with tummy tucks, however, some risks can include:
- Negative reaction to the anaesthetic
- Seroma or hematoma
- Bleeding and infection
- Allergic reactions to medication
- Unsatisfactory results which may lead to further procedures
Risks are often minimalised if your surgeon is experienced and certified.
When can I return to work?
Depending on your surgery, you can normally return to a desk job in two weeks and a more physical job after four weeks. Speak to your surgeon about what he/she advises, be sure to tell them exactly what your job entails and only return to work as advised.
Can I take care of my kids after a tummy tuck?
You will not be able to lift anything or bend over in the first two weeks and sometimes up to four weeks after surgery. Cooking and driving can be resumed within two weeks. It is advised to have someone help look after your kids in the first few weeks.
Does insurance/medical aid cover a tummy tuck?
Most healthcare insurance providers do not cover cosmetic surgeries. However, speak to your insurer to see if a case can be made prior to surgery to note what can be covered. However, most plastic surgeons offer some kind of financing.