The ideal candidate for an Abdominoplasty surgery is an individual who is in good overall physical health. Good mental health is also important, as it can play a role in the expectations that patients have from the procedure.
Smokers should stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery. It’s also advisable to avoid drinking alcohol for a week prior to and after the surgery. This can help to contribute to a good rate of healing, and minimise any complications during both the procedure itself and the recovery period.
Patients should be at a stable weight for a minimum of six months, as any fluctuations in weight can have an impact on the results of your surgery. Women should not plan on future pregnancies, as pregnancy can alter the results of the procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will explain to you what needs to be accomplished in order for you to be eligible for the procedure.
Your initial consultation with Dr. Elfieshawy is your opportunity to discuss the concerns that you have about your abdomen. A physical examination will be conducted, and the patient’s complete medical history will be reviewed.
Plastic surgery is highly individualised, so each factor unique to you will be taken into consideration when your surgery is being planned. No two surgeries are alike, and Dr. Elfieshawy will use his experience and talents to ensure that your results help you to meet your cosmetic goals.
The costs associated with Abdominoplasty surgery will vary between individuals. The costs will be based upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the costs of anaesthetic, and hospital fees.
It’s important to note that surgeries performed purely for cosmetic reasons will not be covered by health insurance. Patients are encouraged to discuss their coverage with their insurance companies prior to scheduling the surgery.
During your surgical consultation, Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the procedure and potential risks involved with the surgery. He will also ensure you have realistic expectations and learn what is to be expected during the recovery process.
You will be provided with a preoperative checklist that will cover everything that needs to be accomplished prior to the surgery. You should ensure you are eating a healthy diet, maintaining your workout routine and stopping any medications that could otherwise lead to complications during surgery.
Preparing for your surgery will also require that you have the appropriate help during the recovery phase.
The Abdominoplasty surgery can last between one and five hours, depending on the extent of work that needs to be done. Some patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Patients will be put under with general anaesthesia. Dr. Elfieshawy will make incisions that will best ensure individual results from the removal of the skin and muscle repair. Each patient is different. During your consultation Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the technique he will be using to ensure you get the results you’re looking for.
Excess skin will be removed; the belly button may be repositioned. Liposuction may be included in order to get the best in results.
Patients can expect to see swelling and pain in the days immediately following surgery. Prescription pain medications will be offered, with instructions that detail how patients can best control the pain. Bruising, stiffness and numbness can also often be experienced during the recovery phase. Patients may be quick to tire and should rest when they need to.
The tummy tuck procedure will result in scars. They may fade significantly, especially with the use of creams that can promote healing and scar fading.
No surgical procedure can be considered to be free from risks. There are some potential risks associated with the surgery, but they are minimal. Complications of the Abdominoplasty procedure could include infection, bleeding and blood clots.
The majority of patients will be on restrictive activity for six weeks recovering from the surgery, with most seeing a reduction in pain after the first week. An abdominal binder should be worn for those six weeks in order to reduce swelling and provide support for the healing abdomen.
The swelling will be drastically reduced by the twelve-week period. It can take up to six months for the final results of the Abdominoplasty surgery to be seen.
Most patients will be ready to return to work after two weeks of recovery, unless their jobs require lifting and physical activity. Patients will be cleared to resume physical activities by the eighth week of recovery.
Dr. Elfieshawy will discuss the techniques he will be using when performing your surgery. Every effort is made to minimise scarring, but scars are inevitable with this type of surgical procedure. Scars will fade in time, and there are aesthetic therapy options to reduce the visibility of scars.
Each individual recovers and heals at his or her own pace. The final results of surgery may take up to six months to be seen.
Are you ready to work with Dr. Elfieshawy? Call to book your consultation for your Abdominoplasty.