Enquiries about a tummy tuck in Liverpool, Manchester, Newton le Willows or Bolton come in on an almost daily basis as patients try to overcome frustrating issues they are unable to change though diet or exercise. And it’s true a tummy tuck can and has changed many lives over Mr El Gawads’ career within the cosmetic surgery industry. But there are important factors that must be considered when deciding whether this surgery is right for you: This article is the second in a series of two part blogs that help you look at the information that you need to consider before making that final life changing decision.  Here are the final 3 things to consider (the first 2 are on the blog ‘5 things to consider before getting a tummy tuck. Part 1’.

1. The recovery isn’t instantaneous. 

The day arrives and you are all ready for the surgery to go ahead. But are you ready for what comes after? Your tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure and therefore expect that it will take weeks for it to heal.  The procedure is done under general anaesthetic and involves a cut along the abdomen that runs from hip to hip.  The procedure should take 2 to 3 hours and although it does depend on the individual case, most patients stay in hospital for 1 to two days afterwards.  Patients will need picking up from the hospital and it will be a further 2 to 3 weeks before they are able to safely drive a car.

When patients enquire about the tummy tuck procedure, a popular question is   “how soon can I return to work after having a tummy tuck in Liverpool?” This is dependant on the individual and how intense the workload is within their job, but as a general rule most patients will be able to return to work within 3 or 4 weeks for less labour intensive jobs and 4 to 6 weeks for more intensive positions.

2. You will be required to wear a special garment.

To aid healing and to help reduce swelling you would be required to wear a special corset type garment or tummy control pants. After a week or two you may be required to come back to your surgeon for a wound check. This is to ensure everything is healing, as it should be.

3. Full healing may take many months. 

It is expected that you will have moderate pain during the first several days after the procedure although this will improve quite quickly. Painkillers can help with the interim. You should be about to resume normal exercise within 6 weeks of the surgery and it may be several weeks after this until you can see the full extent of the results.