A tummy tuck procedure is one of the most popular body contouring surgeries that works to remove the excess fat and skin from the abdomen area as well as tighten surrounding muscles along the abdominal wall. Also medically known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
What can tummy tuck do for your appearance?
Expect a flat, toned and well-defined abdomen after a tummy tuck, which will last a long time, especially if you follow a regular workout and maintain a balanced diet. With tummy tuck surgery, the appearance of the abdomen will be improved, you will have positive self-image and more self- confidence.
When considering a tummy tuck surgery, it’s important for you to discuss the goals of your surgery with one of our plastic surgeons.
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
Tummy tuck surgery lasts approximately two to five hours under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will make two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone close to the pubic area, and another around the navel. The surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal muscles, which are then pulled together and stitched into place for a firmer abdomen and narrower waist.
She will then stretch the skin flap down and over the newly tightened muscles, remove excess skin and reattached the navel in appropriate position. Finally, the incisions will be closed and sterile surgical dressings are applied over sutured areas.
Who qualifies for tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty procedure can help restore the appearance of the abdomen for women who have undergone multiple pregnancies or individuals who lost excessive amount of weight.
Men and women who are in fairly good shape, but wish to lose stretch marks, excess skin, loose abdominal skin or fat deposit are ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery.
However, women who have gone through multiple pregnancies and stretched out their abdominal muscles and skin may benefit from abdominoplasty. Many patients who have lost elasticity in their skin due to slight obesity can also improve their look.
In brief, ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are:
- Good physical condition
- Excess stomach fat
- Sagging abdominal skin
- Protruding belly
Recovering from tummy tuck
Most patients can return to work within 2 weeks after the tummy tuck surgery. Recovery times vary extensively depending on each patient’s condition.
You can do light exercise and more moderate workouts after 3-4 weeks, but heavy exercise should be avoided for at least a full month after a tummy tuck. A temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.
Final recovery from tummy tuck ranges from two weeks to a few months.
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and will likely feel some pain and discomfort which can be alleviated by medication.