What is a Tummy Tuck?
July 7, 2014
As we get older, and the effects of time and gravity increasingly take their toll, muscle and skin begins to sag. Our metabolisms slow and the fat that was once able to be burned off, is now seemingly impossible to get rid of. As a result, the once-trim midsection of youth begins to grow and stretch. Weight gain or pregnancy can cause the muscles in the abdomen to stretch and separate and, as a result, even losing weight can’t tighten that midsection despite our best efforts. Fortunately, I perform cosmetic procedures like abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, to address specific abdominal concerns for my patients.
Abdominoplasty can help improve the appearance of the midsection, especially after significant weight gain or loss. It helps flatten the lower abdomen and tighten stretched skin and may also help relieve skin rashes or infections that happen under large flaps of skin. Generally, I perform tummy tucks by creating an incision in the lower abdominal region that is easily hidden by underwear and bathing suits. Unwanted skin and fat are removed and the skin is tightened downward. The shape and length of the incision are primarily determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. Liposuction is performed on the flanks to further enhance the hourglass appearance and excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together while maintaining a natural navel appearance.
Tummy tuck results present a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. During your recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to the surgical sites, and you may be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals. I always give my patients specific, post-operative instructions and always encourage them to ask any specific questions about what to expect during the recovery period. Individual recovery times can vary significantly, but maintaining a good line of communication with me is the best way to reduce the risk of any complications arising from elective procedures.
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