Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu performs tummy tucks at Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center for patients who want to tighten their midsection after weight loss and get a boost of confidence. Cosmetic surgery like a tummy tuck in Glendora, CA, can be life-changing for patients and we are happy to be part of your transformation. Keep reading for things you need to know about when you've decided to get a tummy tuck and come see us if you're curious about cosmetic surgery.
You need to be at a stable weight before a tummy tuck
A tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution. The purpose of a tummy tuck is to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection after weight loss. Your weight needs to be stable for at least a year before getting a tummy tuck in Glendora, CA. Your doctor will recommend maintaining your weight with diet and exercise after your tummy tuck for lasting results.
You need significant downtime to heal
As tummy tucks become more routine and popular they may sound like no big deal, but it's still a major surgery that you need significant time to heal from. The first few days you'll likely be swollen and aching with very little moving around, and you will be recovering for a period of at least two weeks. Light activity should be comfortable after about a month but you should avoid strenuous activity for up to 12 weeks after surgery.
You will have drains during recovery
Drains are placed after surgery to remove excess fluid and help speed up the healing process. Patients often find this the most cumbersome part of recovery, but it's necessary for efficient healing. Expect to need some extra help at home with basic tasks while you heal because you'll have lifting restrictions as well.
You will have scars
A tummy tuck has many benefits but like any major surgery, you will have a scar along the abdomen afterward. The appearance of the scars will change and fade drastically over the course of your healing.
Your doctor may recommend liposuction
Tummy tucks are not a replacement for weight loss, however, liposuction can go hand in hand with a tummy tuck to enhance your results. Consult with your doctor to see if a liposuction procedure could get rid of excess stubborn fat and enhance your tummy tuck results.
Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center and Dr. Amarpaul Sidhu are here for you when you want to improve your appearance with cosmetic surgery. If you want a tummy tuck in Glendora, CA, contact us for an appointment at (626) 691-6400.