When you select Dr. A.J. Khalil to perform your tummy tuck, rest assured that you can ask any question or bring up any concern that you may have. No topic is “off limits” with Dr. Khalil, as he wants you to have all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your treatment.

Do I need to lose weight before tummy tuck?

You do not need to lose weight before tummy tuck, but you should be at (or close to) your target weight at the time of surgery to see the best cosmetic results.

Will I be put under anesthesia during tummy tuck?

For your safety and comfort, you will be under general anesthesia during your surgery. A board-certified anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the entire procedure.

What happens to my belly button during tummy tuck?

Depending on your surgical plan, your belly button will not move or get removed, but the skin around the belly button may move.

What is the recovery from tummy tuck like?

The first few days of your tummy tuck recovery may be uncomfortable but manageable. You will be sore, swollen, bruised and probably a little more tired than normal. Plan to spend most of your time in bed or on the couch resting. Make sure you have help on hand to assist you in using the bathroom, preparing meals, doing household chores and running any errands. You can take pain medication as prescribed to alleviate pain. Gradually, your energy will return and you will feel stronger and more comfortable.

Will sneezing or coughing hurt my tummy tuck results?

Sneezing, coughing and laughing in the days following surgery should not hurt your results (although it might be slightly uncomfortable). Your sutures are designed to withstand normal muscle movement and they will not come out if you sneeze, laugh or cough.

Can I get pregnant after tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck will not interfere with getting pregnant or having a healthy pregnancy. However, getting pregnant after tummy tuck may reverse some of the cosmetic effects of surgery.

How bad will my scar be?

Your scar will lighten over time but never completely disappear. Luckily, it is designed to be hidden by underwear or a bathing suit. Dr. Khalil will plan out your scar placement based on your personal style and preference (i.e., do you prefer high- or low-cut bathing suits and underwear).

Will I still have stretch marks after tummy tuck?

If they are located on the excess skin below your belly button, they may be removed during surgery. If they are above your belly button, they probably will not be affected by surgery.

Contact Our Beverly Hills Tummy Tuck Surgeon

If you have a tummy tuck question that wasn’t answered in this post, Dr. Khalil invites you to contact our Beverly Hills practice today.