Considering a tummy tuck, but still have a few questions? Dr. Silverton created this infographic that includes the top 5 frequently asked questions on the tummy tuck procedure. This infographic answers many common questions such as what a tummy tuck is and what to expect during the procedure and recovery. For more information, or to schedule your tummy tuck consultation, please contact Dr. Silverton.
1. What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
A tummy tuck removes the excess skin around your abdominal area, and liposuction removes the stubborn fat in various areas of the body, including the center of the abdomen.
2. Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
If you are near your ideal weight and find your excess skin undesirable, you may be a good candidate.
3. What can I expect during the procedure?
The procedure can last three to six hours, depending on how much liposuction is done. Anesthesia will be administered, and a horizontal incision will be made between your belly button and pelvic area.
4. What can I expect in recovery?
You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site. You will need to rest for about 2 weeks before returning to work and normal activities, and you will need to slowly ease into physical activity afterward.
5. Does it hurt?
You will not feel any pain during the procedure, but you will be prescribed pain medication to minimize pain during recovery.