If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck may be the right solution for you. At our practice, we offer tummy tuck surgery to help patients achieve a flatter, more toned stomach.
During tummy tuck surgery, excess skin and fat are removed from the area between the pubic bone and navel. In some cases, the abdominal muscles may also be tightened. This results in a flatter, more toned stomach.
Types of tummy tuck surgeries we offer
- Traditional tummy tuck: This type of tummy tuck is best for patients who have a moderate amount of excess skin and fat.
- Extended tummy tuck: This type of tummy tuck is best for patients who have a large amount of excess skin and fat. It involves making an incision around the navel, in addition to the incision made in a traditional tummy tuck.
- Mini tummy tuck: This type of tummy tuck is best for patients who have a small amount of excess skin and fat. It involves making a smaller incision than in a traditional tummy tuck.
How is a tummy tuck performed?
A tummy tuck is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, an incision is made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic bone. The length of the incision will depend on the type of tummy tuck being performed.
After the incisions have been made, excess skin and fat are removed. In some cases, the abdominal muscles may also be tightened. Once this is done, the remaining skin is pulled down and sutured into place.
Suitable candidates for tummy tucks
The best candidates for tummy tucks are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery. Additionally, tummy tuck patients should be at or near their ideal body weight. Patients who are planning on losing a significant amount of weight or who are pregnant are not suitable candidates for tummy tucks.
Things to consider when thinking about tummy tucks
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering tummy tucks. First, tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or exercise. They are best for patients who are already at their ideal body weight. Additionally, tummy tucks are major surgery and come with all the risks associated with any other type of surgery. These risks include infection, bleeding, and blood clots.
Before having a tummy tuck, be sure to discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. Additionally, be sure to ask about the risks and possible complications of the surgery.
Pros and cons of tummy tucks
Like any surgery, tummy tucks have both advantages and disadvantages. Some of the benefits of tummy tucks include:
- A flatter, more toned stomach
- Improved self-esteem and body image
- Clothes fit better
Some of the drawbacks of tummy tucks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Surgical risks
Are there age restrictons for tummy tuck patients?
There are no age restrictions for tummy tuck patients. However, tummy tucks are best for patients who are in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery. Additionally, tummy tuck patients should be at or near their ideal body weight. Patients who are planning on losing a significant amount of weight or who are pregnant are not suitable candidates for tummy tucks.
How long does a tummy tuck operation take?
A tummy tuck operation usually takes about two to five hours, depending on the type of tummy tuck being performed.
Is it painful?
Most tummy tuck patients report feeling pain and discomfort after the surgery. However, this is usually manageable with pain medication.
Length of hospital stay
Most tummy tuck patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery. However, some may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Most people take two to four weeks off from work to recover from a tummy tuck. During this time, it is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. Additionally, you will need to sleep with your head elevated for the first few nights after surgery to minimize swelling.
After about six weeks, most people are able to return to their normal activities. However, it may take up to three months for all of the swelling and bruising to resolve.
The results of a tummy tuck are typically long-lasting. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight to keep the results looking their best.
Book a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about tummy tucks, contact us today to book a consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery. We will also assess your overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery.
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