A common issue for men and women of every age is the struggle to achieve a flat, toned tummy. Poor abdominal appearance due to significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging can contribute to excess fat, loose abdominal muscles, and sagging skin. Often, these can only be corrected with tummy tuck surgery. If your waistline lacks an attractively narrow contour, tummy tuck surgery can help you achieve better core strength, more pronounced abdominal definition, and greater confidence in your appearance.Request a Consultation
Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery
Better Core Muscle Tone
Major weight gain or pregnancy can cause the muscles of the stomach wall to separate. Even after the weight is lost, the abdominal muscles may leave the abdomen distended and pooched because they are too weak to come together again. Tummy tuck surgery tightens the stomach muscles to improve core muscle strength and give you a firm, toned tummy.
Elimination of Fat Bulges
The lower abdomen is a common area of excess fat accumulation in the body. Even strict dieting and rigorous exercise may not be able to rid you of surplus fat in this area. Tummy tuck surgery with liposuction can remove fat bulges from the abdomen to give you a flatter, smoother tummy.
Smooth, Flat Skin
Skin that has been stretched due to weight gain or pregnancy typically does not contract well after the weight has been lost. Many people who have lost a significant amount of weight have sagging abdominal skin that hangs from their waist. Tummy tuck surgery cuts away the excess skin so that the stomach and waistline are flat and smooth.
If your aesthetic ideals do not coincide with your anatomic realities, it can lower your self-confidence. With tummy tuck surgery, you will be able to achieve your desires for a toned, firm, and flat abdomen with a narrow waistline. Patients who undergo this procedure often see a dramatic improvement in self-confidence and self-image due to the striking results.
You will experience swelling and bruising after your surgery. Surgical drains may be placed to minimize excess swelling. A custom-fitted compression garment will be provided for you and should be worn to improve healing for better results. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their procedure. Strenuous physical exercise should be avoided for four weeks. Most swelling should subside after six weeks.
The amount of scarring that develops from the incisions is dependent on the technique used and your body’s natural healing process. Most patients will develop mild scarring in the incision locations, but this scarring is likely to fade over time. Scarring can easily be hidden with clothing.
The cost of this procedure may vary per patient depending on factors such as technique, surgical fees, and anesthesia fees. A detailed quote will be given to you during your consultation.
General anesthesia is used to prevent pain during your procedure. Mild discomfort during recovery can be controlled using the pain medication prescribed for you.
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. This surgery is not a weight-loss procedure; tummy tuck surgery is designed for patients who are near their goal weight and have maintained their weight for several months. Candidates may identify with one or more of the following:
- Excess abdominal skin
- Excess tissue around the flanks
- An abdominal pooch
- Weak abdominal muscles
- Excess fat accumulation in the mid to lower abdomen
Patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery will still be able to become pregnant and bear children afterward. However, this is not recommended, as it can undo the results of tummy tuck surgery. Women are advised to postpone tummy tuck surgery until after they are finished having children.
Candidates with moderate to major skin laxity, excess fat, and separated abdominal muscles will benefit from the standard tummy tuck procedure. Those candidates who have the same issues as well as copious amounts of excess skin and excess tissue around the flanks may need an extended tummy tuck, possibly combined with lower body lift procedures. Individuals who only have minimal excess skin combined with abdominal muscle laxity may be helped by a mini tummy tuck. Candidates who have excess abdominal fat but have no issues with sagging skin or loose stomach muscles should consider liposuction alone. If you are not certain which technique would be best for you, Dr. Rey can advise you accordingly during your consultation.
Initial swelling during recovery can disguise the results, but as swelling dies down, the results will become more noticeable. By approximately six weeks after surgery, when most major swelling has subsided, you will be able to observe significant improvements in the appearance, shape, and firmness of your waist.
Patients who maintain their weight and live a healthy lifestyle will find that their tummy tuck results provide them with years of a fabulous physique.
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