Tummy Tuck What to Expect

So you’ve been thinking about plastic surgery for years now and you have finally decided to go under the knife and undergo a tummy tuck to ensure that your body is bikini ready come summer. While you may be a seasoned pro and cannot wait to see results, there is a chance that you are like most new patients, a little nervous regarding the procedure and unsure of what exactly to expect. That is why the experts in tummy tucks in Newark, DE at Dr. John Rousalis wanted to lay it all on the table in regards to what you can expect for your tummy tuck!

Prepping for Your Tummy Tuck

Much like breast augmentation, a tummy tuck will need to be performed in an accredited facility to ensure that you are well taken care of and can eliminate any unwanted risks for infection or complications. Before your procedure, you will sit down with your surgeon multiple times and discuss any potential risks that you may incur during the surgery.

Lastly, you will have to undergo lab tests and may need to take certain medications or adjust your current medications before going under the knife. You also may need to stop smoking and should always avoid taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs before your surgery to avoid any unwanted bleeding.

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

The actual steps of the procedure will be explained in depth by your surgeon, as there is sometimes a slight variation in the process due to your current health status or desired results.


As with any major surgery, the first step in a tummy tuck in anesthesia. When it comes to anesthesia, your surgeon will determine what is best for your procedure depending on length of procedure and location. Consult with your surgeon and general physician if you have any reserves going into the procedure.


When you are undergoing a tummy tuck you will likely need three incisions. However, the size and location of the incisions ultimately depends upon on the amount of excess skin you are working with. The last incision involves creating a new opening for the belly button. The belly button will then be popped through to the surface and sutured into position.


Depending on your incisions, a combination of sutures, skin adhesives, tapes, or clips will be used to close the incisions made during your surgery.


After the swelling has gone down, your tummy tuck will result in a flatter and firmer abdominal contour that will be more proportionate with your current body type and weight!


As with any major plastic surgery, the recovery process for a tummy tuck is going to make or break your results. Following all discharge instructions will ensure a successful, and speedy recovery. ALWAYS make sure that you fully understand your discharge instructions so that you will not let anything fall through the cracks or risk any complications with your healing process.