Abdominoplasty - Frequently Asked Questions

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the recovery period take after the abdominoplasty?
The first post-operative time up to 2 weeks is the time for scar caring, performed by sterile dressing and wearing an elastic corset. It is possible to resume the current activity in the 15th day. The professional activity (depending on the profession) can be generally resumed after 15-21 days.

What diet should be followed after the abdominoplasty?
The weight losing diets are not recommended immediately after the operation. Any important weight variation is a hazard for the aesthetic result by altering it..
Consume 1.5 liters of water daily. Avoid eating fermented cheese, fried eggs, fried potatoes, salted meat, smoked meat, bread, dried vegetables and fruits, fats, steaks, mayonnaise.

How large is the scar?
Depending on the established technique, the scar stretches from above the pubic hair and continues on each side down to the level of the inguinal fold, longer or shorter depending on the quantity of skin and fat to be removed, with the possibility to be masked under the panties.
In case of the belly button, if required, it will display a circular scar around it after its cropping and repositioning in the middle of the abdomen.

Can the stretch marks on the abdomen be removed by abdominoplasty?
Only the stretch marks contained by the farther flap on the abdomen can be excised. Those situated above that area cannot be removed, but re-stretching of the skin at the end of the intervention may allow a fading of them by means of a mechanical stretch effect.

For how long should the elastic corset be worn?
It has to be worn for 1 month day and night, then another 1 month during the daytime only. The result of the surgery is obtained after approximately 1-2 months. In the period next to the intervention, there is a more or less diffuse edema which masks the benefit of the surgery. It will progressively disappear during the post-operative weeks.

When can I go to the seaside after the intervention?
Tanning of the abdomen is not recommended for 2 months, while tanning of the scar – not before 6-10 months. The baths in the swimming pool or in the sea are not recommended in the first 1-2 months.

When can I practice sport?
Violent sports are not recommended before 4 months, while less violent sports (jogging, swimming etc.) are not recommended before 2 months, especially in cases where the muscles were drawn near to one another, due to the fact that the muscular scar takes longer to consolidate than the cutaneous one.