Things to Consider Before Undergoing a Tummy Tuck

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It can be frustrating when dealing with stubborn belly fat and skin that just won’t seem to go away, despite your efforts at the gym. Sometimes, there is just too much excess skin to snap back into place, which can cause an unwanted belly pooch. In these cases, a tummy tuck can often help. However, before you go on to schedule your surgery, be sure to do your homework first. Here are some things you should know before undergoing a tummy tuck.


Like any invasive surgical procedure, there will be some downtime required following a tummy tuck. Patients will need to take two to three weeks to recover, so be sure to take the necessary amount of time off from work. Also, assistance with children and household chores will be needed, so be sure to make the necessary arrangements.


While a tummy tuck will eliminate excess belly pooch, it will result in a horizontal scar between your hipbones. While the scar will fade a bit over time, it will be visible for years to come. A skilled surgeon such as Dr. Wallach will carefully place the incision so that it can be concealed under clothing, underwear, and swimsuit bottoms.


The benefits from a tummy tuck will take some time to become visible. Patients will also experience some side effects such as redness, bruising, stiffness, and swelling during recovery for 4-6 weeks, after which results will begin to show. While patients will feel better after a few months, it can take a full year before the stomach is completed healing.

As you can see, there are some things to take into consideration before booking your surgery date. However, if you are tired of living with stubborn belly flab, then a tummy tuck may be worth it. A consultation with Dr. Wallach can help to determine if this procedure is right for you.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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