What Should I Wear After My Tummy Tuck?

After getting tummy tuck, you will need to wear a special garment to support the healing skin and tissues and minimize swelling. At the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Alexander Ereso can advise you about the right garment to wear immediately after the procedure. They also encourage you to wear garments that flatter your improved figure as soon as you have completely healed from your tummy tuck procedure.

What to Wear the First Week After the Procedure

A compression garment made from a combination of elastic and fabric should generally be worn all day and night for the first week after surgery (please consult with your doctor for your specific post-surgical program). Putting gentle tension on the abdomen speeds up the healing process and prevents fluid buildup in the space behind the abdominal muscles. Your compression garment should fit snugly, but not so tightly that it cuts off circulation.

What to Wear After the First Week of Recovery

Since full recovery generally occurs gradually over a period of several months (remember that every patient is different and heals at a different rate) some transitional garments that are somewhat loose fitting around the mid-section might provide the best compromise between style and comfort.

One key thing to remember is that the clothes you wore prior to having surgery will not be nearly as flattering after the procedure. Once full recovery has been achieved, the new contours brought about by tummy tuck will provide an opportunity to buy new clothes that are more form fitting than what was worn prior to the procedure.

Many women find that they go down a size or two after tummy tuck. Another thing to consider is that since fat is removed during tummy tuck, women may find that they can wear their pants higher or lower, depending on the style. Shopping for new clothes will most likely involve trying on smaller sizes and opting for garments like skinny jeans and form fitting dresses that accentuate your figure.

To discuss the nuances of what to wear in the weeks and months after tummy tuck, Dr. Ereso looks forward to seeing you for an office consultation. Please call us at (650) 964-6600 to schedule one.

Can I Get Lipo on My Neck and Chin?

Some patients who desire a younger and more attractive appearance without extensive treatment and recovery time choose to have liposuction (lipo) on their neck and chin instead of a full facelift. Liposuction can remove stubborn fat deposits and give the neck, chin and jawline a more elegant and refined appearance. Dr. Alexander Ereso of the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center would like to share some information about this option, along with information about Kybella injections as an alternative to lipo.

Liposuction Basics

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or body contouring, is a surgical procedure that uses a cannula (thin, hollow tube) to break up fat from specific areas of the body and suction it out. Dr. Ereso has adopted an advanced technique called SAFELipo that achieves smoother, more natural looking results than traditional liposuction in targeted areas, including the neck and underneath the chin.

Liposuction on the face and neck can achieve several objectives:

  • Reduce a thick neck
  • Give the neck a leaner and more elegant contour
  • Eliminate a “double chin”
  • Give the chin and jawline more definition
  • Provide long-lasting results that age naturally with the patient

Liposuction can also be combined with facelift surgery or another facial rejuvenation procedure.

Kybella

Liposuction is not the only way to reduce excess fat underneath the chin. The Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center also offers Kybella injectable treatment, a non-surgical option that generally requires two to six sessions to reduce “submental fullness,” or a double chin. Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. The acid targets fat cells, and literally melts the fat away. Results can start to appear after a month and improve over three to four months.

Downtime after a Kybella treatment is minimal, and side effects can include some swelling and redness that generally only last for a day or two. The results from Kybella are permanent, and although a patient may regain fat in the chin area if they experience overall weight gain, the weight will be distributed more evenly. One thing to note is that if you have sagging or excess skin on your chin, Kybella injections will not tighten the skin — only reduce excess fat.

Dr. Ereso is available to discuss neck and chin liposuction, along with any of your other plastic surgery needs. Please call Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center at (650) 964-6600 for a consultation.