Tummy tuck surgery can help you shift the stubborn skin and fat on the abdomen as well as tighten the stomach muscles to firm and flatten the front of your stomach and help recreate a waistline.

Who comes for a tummy tuck?

Late in the pregnancy, the skin is stretched beyond its ability to shrink back to its previous shape, and the six-pack muscles are separated in the middle. Once the post-pregnancy weight is lost, a tummy tuck will repair the separation in the stomach muscles and remove the stretched skin that will never shrink, no matter how much exercise you do.

The other group of people who come for a tummy tuck are those who have lost significant amounts of weight. Removing the stretched skin and fat and repairing the stomach muscles goes a long way to alleviating problems of skin rashes, inability to exercise and fit clothing.

Can I have lipo instead to avoid the scar?

Liposuction only removes fat, not skin, so it is impossible for lipo alone to fix the looseness of the skin and/or muscle separation. The biggest problem with using liposuction inappropriately is leaving excess skin; creating the appearance of a deflated balloon. Liposuction however is frequently used at the time of an abdominoplasty to improve the ‘love-handle’ area and waistline.

How long is recovery?

The hospital stay is one to two nights. You will be able to take care of yourself when you leave hospital but full recovery is six weeks. The muscle repair needs some time to heal, so you must not lift anything heavier than a kettle of water for this time. So that means no washing baskets, shopping bags or kids! Depending on what sort of work you do you may need anywhere from three weeks (for an office job) to six weeks off (for a job that requires lifting).

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