Tummy Tuck FAQs

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar has been offering people in the Chicago area tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) for more than 15 years. His natural talent and aesthetic sensibilities help him create natural-looking results for patients who are interested in slimming and refining their abdominal contour. Dr. Jejurikar realizes that prospective tummy tuck patients, who visit from Naperville, IL and other suburban Chicago communities, often have many questions. To ensure that individuals considering this surgery stay as informed as possible, he's provided answers to some of the questions he hears most frequently.

After reading the answers below, meet with Dr. Jejurikar to learn more about your tummy tuck options. Request a free cosmetic consultation online, or call Dr. Jejurikar's office at (630) 960-0023 in Downers Grove.

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Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?

As soon as I meet with a potential tummy tuck patient, I like to remind him or her that abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss surgery. The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are people who are not significantly over- or underweight. It is a very common procedure following major weight loss or pregnancy. Abdominoplasty addresses issues, including moderate amounts of excess fat and loose skin around the abdomen, that don't respond to diet and exercise. While the results of tummy tuck surgery can be dramatic, a patient should have realistic expectations about his or her outcome. It's also important to be in good general health and to not smoke.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with other surgeries?

Yes. Sometimes I perform a tummy tuck surgery along with liposuction or breast enhancement. This combination procedure is called a Mommy Makeover and offers women a way to address multiple areas with a single recovery period. Facial procedures can also be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. During the initial consultation, I like to spend plenty of time talking to each patient, assessing his or her needs and developing a surgical plan that safely accomplishes each cosmetic goal.

What do I need to do to prepare for a tummy tuck?

There are several things a patient can do to ensure the tummy tuck surgery is successful and that recovery goes smoothly. Patients should:

  • Quit smoking: Smoking interferes with the body's natural healing abilities and can cause complications during and after surgery. I advise all of my surgical patients to quit smoking for at least 4 weeks prior to their procedures.
  • Talk to family: Recovery from abdominoplasty can take up to 2 weeks. Though I encourage patients to resume light activity such as walking as soon as possible, they'll still need help with household chores, errands, and childcare. Having the support of family and friends during this time can make a world of difference.
  • Stop taking some medications: Certain drugs, including over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and herbal supplements, can increase the risk of bleeding. You may be asked to temporarily stop taking some or all of these drugs prior to your surgery.

What happens during a tummy tuck?

Although abdominoplasty is a highly customized procedure, most follow a similar pattern. After anesthesia is administered, I make a horizontal incision very low on the abdominal wall. I always try to ensure that the scar will be hidden by a bikini or low-cut jeans. After raising the soft tissue off the abdominal wall, the abdominal muscles are tightened using internal sutures. In many instances, excess fat is removed with the aid of liposuction. Loose, hanging skin is also removed before the final sutures are placed.

What can I expect during recovery?

Though abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, I advise most patients to avoid vigorous or strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days. This helps ensure proper healing. However, within 24 hours of surgery, he or she should try to move around and take short walks to reduce the risk of blood clots or pneumonia. Though some swelling is normal, it can be minimized with the use of a compression garment. My patients typically wear their compression garments for 4 to 6 weeks. Nearly all patients are able to return to work and other daily activities within 10 to 14 days.

What will the scars be like?

Though a scar will be present after healing, it will be well hidden by most swimwear and underwear. Unfortunately, scars are an inevitable part of any surgery. I use surgical techniques that keep incisions as small as possible, and my team and I provide each patient with specific aftercare instructions that encourage scars to heal quickly and fade over time.

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Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is committed to helping you look and feel your very best.

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Dr. Jejurikar

Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is committed to helping you look and feel your very best.

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How can I maintain the results of a tummy tuck?

Like any body contouring procedure, the results of a tummy tuck should last for many years, provided that the patient's weight remains stable. Significant weight gain or loss can affect or even reverse the results of a tummy tuck, and revision surgery may be needed. Similarly, pregnancy can also alter the results of abdominoplasty. I advise my female patients considering tummy tuck surgery to postpone the procedure until they are done having children.

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