Q1 : Will I get rid of the stretch marks that I got after I had a baby?
A1 : If there is enough excess skin, stretch marks below the navel may be removed. Those above the navel usually remain but may be relocated to the lower abdomen.
Q2 : Can I expect my tummy to be perfectly flat?
A2 : Tummy tuck trims down skin and its underlying fat but it will not remove the fat inside the abdominal cavity. Thus, you can expect to have a slimmer, but not completely flat, abdomen after this surgery.
Q3 : How long do I have to stay in Bangkok?
A3 : You will stay an average of 3 days in the hospital. 7-10 days after surgery, you need to come back for a follow-up check and removal of stitches.
Q4 : Is the result permanent?
A4 : A good weight control diet and exercise regimen will help you keep your post-tummy tuck form. Pregnancy and significant fluctuations in weight will negate the results of surgery.
Q5 : Tell me about the scars.
A5 : If skin is very loose, the surgical scar will extend from hipbone to hipbone on the lowest part of the abdomen, thus will be hidden by your bikini or trunks. An important consideration for those who only have minor abdominal sagging is that the skin may not be loose enough to pull down below the bikini-garter level. There is a possibility that the scar will be visible above the garter line when wearing a two-piece swimwear.
Q6 : How long is the recovery period?
A6 : There will be swelling and bruising, most of which will resolve in about 2 weeks. Limitation of physical activity must be observed for about 4-6 weeks. Full wound maturation and final results will gradually occur over 6-12 months.
Q7 : What could go wrong?
A7 : Some risks of surgery include bleeding, adverse response to anesthesia, infection, delayed healing, fat necrosis, wound dehiscence, nerve injury, contractures or keloid at incision site and need for revision surgery.
Q8 : How do I prepare for surgery?
A8 : To avoid complications and reduce risk factors you need to stop smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, taking hormonal pills, herbal supplements, and medicines (other than those that your doctor allows you continue), at least two weeks before your schedule. People with diseases need surgical clearance from their medical specialist. Muscle-toning exercises and a proper weight loss diet months before the surgery will contribute to better results of tummy tuck.