The abdomen represents a common “problem area” for men and women alike. When pregnancy or excess weight stretches out the skin and muscle tissue in the stomach, the result is often saggy, loose skin. Many people also complain abdominal fat that will not go away with dieting and exercise. Not only does this make for a less desirable appearance, it can also make exercising frustrating because no amount of exercise will bring the abdominal muscles back together or tighten loose skin. For healthy and active patients with excess abdominal skin and fat, a tummy tuck can provide a dramatic improvement to the appearance and condition of the abdomen.
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which the surgeon tightens the muscle and removes the loose skin and fat in the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter and smoother stomach. Some patients choose to combine liposuction in the hip or flank area in conjunction with a tummy tuck. A flat and well toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
CANDIDATES FOR TUMMY TUCK
The best way to decide whether or not a tummy tuck is right for you is to meet with Dr. Whetstone for a complimentary consultation.
RECOVERY AFTER TUMMY TUCK
Recovery lasts between one to four weeks, depending on the individual, and you can expect some restrictions on heavy lifting and exercise for a few weeks. Your body will continue the healing process for the next several months during which the abdominal area gradually becomes flatter and firmer as the swelling subsides. After a tummy tuck, patients can expect to experience discomfort and swelling which can be controlled with oral pain medication. You will be placed in a compression garment to support your abdomen during the healing process. Before surgery, you will be given specific postoperative instructions to follow for a smooth recovery.
RESULTS AFTER TUMMY TUCK
A tummy tuck can be a life-changing procedure, helping you enjoy a slimmer, more youthful body that looks and feels better every day. The improvements made during a tummy tuck are meant to last provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.