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What happens after tummy tuck?

Tummy Tuck Sydney – Post Operation Guide

Tummy tuck procedure is done to remove excess fat and skin as well as bring together weak muscles in the abdomen. This procedure is done by a qualified surgeon in our clinic like Dr Barnouti. There are three types of tummy tuck procedure that you can go through at our clinic in Sydney i.e.  Circumferential abdominoplasty, partial abdominoplasty as well as complete abdominoplasty. Abdominal Etching also referred as liposculpture in the abdomen which is similar to tummy tuck and liposuction. Regardless of which procedure is done, the post-recovery is very important.

Different patients have different results but there should be a common denominator in all of them. One of the most noticeable things after the tummy tuck procedure is that your tummy tuck will become flatter. The contours will also become firmer after being tightened and of course you will have a more proportionate figure.

How does it feel after surgery?



Tummy tuck usually has side effects, one of them being swelling. This could lead to a delay in seeing the results of the procedure. Many patients have unrealistic expectations on their appearance as they expect to see the results immediately. Once the swelling subsides, you will notice the abovementioned results. Contact our tummy tuck Sydney specialist to help you decide the best tummy tuck procedure for you.


Your posture will be affected after the tummy tuck procedure. This usually lasts for as long as internal healing is taking place. You should not be surprised if you find yourself stooping while walking. In time though, you will be able to assume the normal upright posture once internal healing is complete.

Slim figure

After a week or so, you will appear slimmer than you were before the tummy tuck procedure. This is however progressive, meaning that you may not see the full results until a month or so has passed.

Stitch and bandage

Dr Barnouti will stitch you on the area operated on and a bandage put in place. In order to reduce swelling and keep your abdomen in place for effective healing, you will wear a compression garment provided at hospital.

Easing pain

Pain may be present, though it can be minimized. This will do by taking certain positions when sitting or lying on a couch or bed. It is important that you follow the instructions given at the hospital in order to minimize the pain and get comfortable as you heal.

Driving after tummy tuck

It is not recommended that you ask someone to drive you home after discharge.  You will also need someone to stay with you the first night at home. Any strenuous activity could hinder any effective recovery, hence the reason why you should get assistance.


Just like any other surgical procedure, tummy tuck has its own inherent risks too. Similar to liposuction surgery, you may experience bleeding which is also known as hematoma. Infections are common especially if hygiene is not observed during or after the surgical operation.

Fluids tend to accumulate in the areas where the fat has been removed. Dr Laith Barnouti will usually insert tubes in the area to remove the excess fluid. If you notice abnormal discharge, you should contact Dr Barnouti for appointment to have the wounds rechecked. Slow healing of the wound is yet another common problem so is scarring and loss of skin.

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