Tummy tuck
Before your surgery
Specific to tummy tuck surgery, the Surgeon may suggest that you lose some weight so that the results from surgery will be more effective. It is advisable to have completed your family – pregnancy is not advised following this operation. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. A tummy tuck surgery will be performed with a general anaesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire operation. One day before the operation all necessary examinations will be performed in the clinic. You will also discuss the anaesthesia with your anaesthesiologist. You will need to stay overnight in the clinic and leave 1-3 days after the operation.

After your surgery
When you wake from the anaesthesia you will find drainage tubes in place and painkillers will be given to you as required. You will stay 1-3 days in the clinic. You will need to rest considerably after this operation and have someone to look after young children and carry out household duties. For up to one week you will need to put no strain on your lower abdomen. If you need to cough, sneeze or laugh, support your abdomen with your hands as well. Try to avoid constipation by having lots of water and fibre in your diet. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible. For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin, will come out in two to three weeks. The dressing on your incision will be replaced by a support corset.