If you’re obese or morbidly obese, losing weight to achieve a more ideal body mass for your size can help you look better and will improve your health in the long run. After losing a lot of weight, however, you body will go through a number of changes. You see, while the skin will expand a great deal to accommodate added girth, it will only shrink back so far given the nature of skin laxity. The same issues are faced by many women after giving birth.
The only way to get rid of the loose skin, the stretch marks, and other matters like this is to undergo plastic surgery. The most common body contouring treatment for these needs is the tummy tuck.
About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Also known as abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is performed in order to remove excess skin from around the lower abdominal area. During the surgery, incisions will be made along the lower abdominal region and around the navel. Through these incisions, excess tissue will be removed and underlying structures will be adjusted.
Are side effects common after tummy tuck?
Yes, following tummy tuck surgery there will be some side effects. These are simply your body’s response to the surgery and a natural part of the healing process. It’s important that patients understand what to expect following surgery. The fact that side effects will be experienced should not be a deterrent from undergoing advanced body sculpting.
Common Side Effects Following Tummy Tuck
The most common side effects experienced after a tummy tuck include:
Dealing with These Tummy Tuck Side Effects
One of the best things about the above side effects is that while they are inconvenient, they can be easily addressed. Your cosmetic plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions about what to expect and how to minimize the above issues.
- The fatigue and grogginess are common and to be expected. In the early days after surgery, be sure to get lots of rest. With that in mind, though, we do encourage patients to lightly walk around their home when they are able in order to improve circulation, which helps reduce recovery time.
- Discomfort can be addressed through the use of recommended pain medications. Be sure to follow recommended doses and to not exceed these amounts.
- As for swelling, this will fade with time. Much of the swelling will be kept under control by the compression garment that patients will wear following surgery.
- The bruising or redness of the skin will naturally fade as you heal. Just concentrate on wellness and resting.
Following Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions to the Letter
The best way for you to heal quickly and with as few complications as possible is to follow any and all pre-operative and post-operative instructions to the letter. These instructions are designed to promote healing and prevent any complications from occurring. If you do experience any adverse side effects or anything that seems amiss, be sure to speak with your surgeon right away. Doing so will allow you to get these matters addressed in a timely manner.
Learn More About Body Sculpting and Contouring
For more information about tummy tuck surgery and your many other great options for body contouring and sculpting, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center serving Minneapolis today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible aesthetic results.