What to Consider Before Getting a Tummy Tuck


It seems like the toughest place to lose extra body fat is the abdomen. The natural effects of aging, weight fluctuation, childbirth, and other life events can result in stubborn bulges or muscle separation. Unfortunately, even when you have shed most of your excess pounds with dieting and exercise, you can still be left with some stubborn fat you simply cannot lose with diet and exercise alone.


The answer to this frustrating problem may be an abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck. This cosmetic surgery procedure is a good option for slimming and sculpting your midsection. At Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Christopher Zochowski can also use a tummy tuck to repair abdominal muscles that have been damaged or weakened to give you an even tighter, firmer stomach with longer-lasting results. Of course, as a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure, there are a few things to consider before committing to surgery.

Surgery Requires Downtime

Tummy tucks are a major surgery that requires an incision that goes across your lower abdomen just above your pubic bone. This means you’ll need several weeks to fully recover. For most patients, three to six weeks are required before you’re able to get back to your normal life. You will initially feel tired, sore, and swollen, which are normal. Overtime, these symptoms will start to subside, and your final results will become more apparent. You’ll need time off from work and help at home for at least the first week. You’ll also want to avoid strenuous activities for at least four to six weeks.

You’re Required to Be at a Stable Weight

Good candidates for a tummy tuck surgery should already be at or close to their ideal weight and have maintained that weight for at least six months. However, a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zochowski is the best way to learn if your weight and health make you a good candidate for an abdominoplasty, and if the procedure will address all your concerns and help you reach your goals.

The Scar

While tummy tuck procedures are among the most effective cosmetic surgery options available, it’s important to know that the incision will likely leave a faint, visible scar. Dr. Zochowski does place the scar just above the pubic bone, so it’s not visible to anyone but you and whomever you choose to show it to, even when wearing a bathing suit. The scar will fade over time, but it will likely never fully disappear.

Are There Other Options?

While there is no denying that a tummy tuck can create incredible results for the abdomen, it’s important to exhaust all your options. For the abdominal area, Dr. Zochowski also offers non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting, a treatment that uses a specialized non-surgical fat reduction process called cryolipolysis, which essentially freezes fat cells to the point where they cannot survive and die away. The body flushes away the fat to reveal a tighter, firmer abdomen.


For more targeted fat reduction, Dr. Zochowski also offers liposuction. During liposuction, a cannula is inserted just below the skin through a small incision. The patient’s unwanted fat is suctioned out, creating an immediate improvement to their body contours.

Learn More about Abdominoplasty in Columbus, OH

If you’re starting to research ways to permanently remove stubborn fat from your stomach, and you’re interested in how a tummy tuck can help you, the best way to learn more is by talking with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Christopher Zochowski. Schedule your consultation today by calling us at (614) 490-7500 or complete our online contact form.