What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Serving Chesterfield, O'Fallon, St. Charles and Nearby Areas of St. Louis

A St. Louis tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an exciting procedure that can achieve dramatic changes in the appearance of your abdomen and your overall shape.  Your active participation with Dr. Kofkoff and his team will help to ensure that you have an excellent experience and optimal result.  Dr. Richard L. Kofkoff is a highly skilled and dedicated cosmetic surgeon who focuses his St. Louis, Missouri cosmetic surgery practice on tummy tucks and other body contouring and breast procedures.

Before Tummy Tuck Surgery

During your consultation with Dr. Kofkoff, you will be advised of everything that will happen during your procedure. You will also be given instructions to follow in the days before your St. Louis tummy tuck surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be told to stop for at least two weeks prior to your surgery and for two weeks after your procedure. Smoking prevents your body from healing properly and can cause other complications during your surgery.

You will also need to refrain from taking any aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication for a period prior to your tummy tuck surgery because these can cause an increase in bleeding. You should eat complete and well-balanced meals and avoid excessive dieting to ensure you are receiving the proper nutrients to aid in the healing process.

You should also prepare your home so that you can comfortably recover with minimal help. Make sure to have the following easily accessible:

  • Telephone
  • Loose comfortable clothing that is easy to put on and remove
  • Television remote
  • Personal items, i.e., chapstick, tissues

During Tummy Tuck Surgery

A tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia.  Patients spend one night in the surgical facility (except patients who have a mini-tummy tuck).

Dr. Kofkoff will administer antibiotics prior to beginning your surgery. This will help to prevent infection. Your St. Louis tummy tuck will be performed after anesthesia has been administered, and drains will be placed to minimize postoperative swelling.  Once you have recovered from your procedure, you will be allowed to go home with specific instructions to follow during the course of your recovery.

After Tummy Tuck Surgery

The day after St. Louis tummy tuck surgery, you should get out of bed and walk short distances. This will promote blood circulation and reduce stiffness. Avoid sitting for long periods of time during the first few days.

You should avoid any strain, lifting or bending as these activities may increase swelling and bleeding. Surgical drains will likely be removed in about a week and your dressings will be checked and either changed or removed. If a support garment is recommended, you will be able to remove it after the first few weeks. Stitches that do not dissolve will be removed at about the two week point. Swelling and bruising will subside gradually over the next few months and any numb areas should improve over time.

As with any cosmetic surgery procedure he performs, Dr. Kofkoff encourages doctor and patient communication during all phases of your experience. If you would like to learn more about a St. Louis tummy tuck, please contact Dr. Kofkoff today to schedule a Missouri abdominoplasty consultation.