A Tummy Tuck can Restore a Sexy Abdominal Profile
Everyone wants a flat and well-toned stomach. However, there is a limit to what can be achieved with diet and exercise. Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty can restore your waistline, eliminating excess skin and correcting abdominal musculature laxity.
Is a Tummy Tuck for You?
Even individuals with normal body weight and proportion can develop a protruding belly or loose and sagging skin. The most common causes of this include:
- Weight gain or loss
- Prior surgery
All of the above can stretch your stomach revealing unsightly bulges, rolls of fat, and a protruding belly that is out of proportion to your body. If you are in good health, poise a positive attitude and realistic expectations, then you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Tummy Tuck Benefits
- Remove pockets of accumulated fat
- Restore muscle tone after pregnancy
- Smooth and tighten loose skin
- Remove excess skin
- Narrow waistline
- Minimize or remove stretch marks
- Tighten and strengthen abdominal muscles
- Create a flatter, firmer stomach contour
If there are additional fat deposits in the hips and “love handles” then Dr. Shah may recommend liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck for a more pleasing overall body contour. Adjunct procedures may be necessary to achieve your goals.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Shah will take a complete medical history and examine the areas of concern in advance of planning your tummy tuck. You will be asked about your desired abdominal size and appearance and any other medical considerations. Dr. Shah will factor in your skin tone, degree of loose skin and amount of fat.
This process will help Dr. Shah to better understand your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved. Then, this information will be used to formulate a surgical plan that will obtain the best outcome based on the discussed goals of the procedure. Dr. Shah will select the surgical technique that will offer the lowest risk with maximum results. Both Dr. Shah and his staff will thoroughly explain the surgical technique and answer any questions on the procedure.
Your tummy tuck surgery will be performed in one of our fully accredited surgical facilities. The procedure takes 1 to 3 hours to complete. You will need to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you to and from the surgery center and care for you during the first 24 hours after surgery.
All tummy tuck procedures involve an incision in the lower abdomen, in the area below the “bikini line.” Dr. Shah will perform one of the following surgical options:
Mini-tummy tuck (limited abdominoplasty)
A mini-tummy tuck is limited to excess skin below the navel. The incision is made in the pubic area and as low as possible spanning from a few inches to the entire width of the abdomen. Dr. Shah will determine the shape and length of the incision by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, excess skin can be removed to create a flat abdomen. In some patients, Dr. Shah may recommend liposuction to help with the contour of the abdomen. A mini-tummy tuck is commonly recommended for those who have excess skin of the abdomen and no muscle laxity.
Full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
A full tummy tuck is a procedure on the entire abdomen. In addition to the horizontal incision across the lower abdomen, a traditional tummy tuck involves a second incision around the navel to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. With this procedure, skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs. Then underlying muscle and tissue are stitched together to narrow the waistline and strengthen the abdominal wall. Excess skin is drawn down and removed, resulting in a more flat and trim stomach. Liposuction may be used to further contour the abdomen area. This surgery is a corrective measure for when the abdomen has been comprised by pregnancies, genetic laxity (looseness) or obesity.
Dr. Shah is careful to conceal the incision line(s); however, you will retain scars that are generally hidden by most bathing suits. Although incision lines are permanent, in most cases they will fade and significantly improve over time.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck
After your tummy tuck surgery, you will experience temporary bruising, swelling, and some discomfort and tightness for the first two weeks. The incisions are closed with stitches and the abdomen is bandaged for comfort and support during recovery. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, you may have a drain placed in the abdomen that helps remove fluid which may accumulate after surgery. A special support garment will need to be worn to aid recovery. You will be up and moving around the day of your surgery. You are not on bed rest. Most people return to work in 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. You will have a 20 lb. weight restriction for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You may begin non-impact exercise 2 weeks after surgery (walking on the treadmill, low-speed elliptical). You may begin light upper body weight lifting 4 weeks after surgery. At 6-8 weeks you may begin abdominal workouts including squats and core strengthening. It may take up to 3 months after surgery to begin pull-ups and back bend exercises. It is very important to slowly graduate into yoga activities. If you stretch your abdomen too fast you may disrupt the sutures that are holding your muscles in place.
Dr. Shah and his staff will closely monitor your progress by providing specific postoperative care instructions and schedule a follow up visit to the office to ensure a smooth healing and recovery.
If you would like more information on a tummy tuck, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact the Medical Spa today.
Click here to read our postoperative care instructions after tummy tuck surgery.
Visit these websites to learn more on tummy tuck surgery.
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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