Like many plastic surgery procedures, there are a number of misconceptions that surround tummy tuck surgery. These unrealistic expectations are often a result of unreliable sources, and our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Sukkar, does his best to help patients fully understand the truth of the matter. Below, Dr. Sukkar clarifies three particular myths patients often believe when they go into the tummy tuck procedure:
Myth 1: You will be incapacitated for three to four weeks, not being able to function well.
Dr. Sukkar explains this is not the case at his practice. Patients can expect to feel groggy for the first few days and see some swelling, but many activities can be resumed after the first week. Work can typically be resumed after the first week or two.
Myth 2: The abdomen will be completely flat following surgery.
The human body does not typically have a straight shape, especially for women. Our plastic surgeon stresses to patients that although a tummy tuck can enhance the shape of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat tissue, there should still be some curve and contrast to the body.
Myth 3: Liposuction cannot be performed along with the tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Sukkar frequently performs liposuction in his tummy tuck patients to further enhance the treatment area. He explains that liposuction is safe to perform along with the surgery, and it offers additional contouring to the body.
If you are considering tummy tuck surgery, or have any questions regarding the process, please contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sukkar