Everyone loves a cupcake… but not a muffin top. Do you have loose abdominal skin after weight loss? Are your abdominal muscles stretched out after having a baby? Do you want a more defined waistline or sculpted abdomen? An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, may be what you need. A tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and is frequently combined with liposuction to optimize results. A tummy tuck combined with a breast rejuvenation procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction) is known as a “Mommy Makeover”.
Are You a Candidate for an Abdominoplasty?
An ideal candidate for this surgery:
• Has a healthy lifestyle and no underlying health issues
• Has a stable weight
• Is a non-smoker or is someone who is willing to quit before the surgery
• Has had one or more pregnancies and needs to tighten their abdominal muscles after giving birth once or multiple times
• Used to be obese and has lost a substantial amount of weight but has leftover stubborn fat deposits and loose abdominal skin
• Has realistic expectations
• Is bothered by their abdomen’s loose and saggy skin
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How Is an Abdominoplasty Done?
First, general anesthesia will be administered to ensure that you are unconscious and comfortable during the operation. An incision will be made that extends from one hipbone to the other. An incision around your navel is also made.
Excess fat will be removed first, after which the skin will be lifted and tightened. Excess skin will be removed using a scalpel, and drooping abdominal muscles will be tightened and rejoined with the help of internal sutures.
Your incisions will be stitched closed and bandaged. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin to carry out excess fluids, preventing buildup.
The Healing Process
Your drainage tubes will be removed in a few days after the surgery. Stitches will be removed after the appropriate degree of healing has taken place.
There will be post-surgical swelling and bruising that will decrease over the next week after the procedure. You may have to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment for a time. These are helpful for minimizing the swelling.
Following Dr. White’s orders on how to position yourself while sitting and lying down is important. She will also give you directions on how to best take care of your incisions as they heal.
Patients can expect a partial recovery time of one to two weeks and can resume any physical activities that are strenuous within six to eight weeks.
Find Out More About Abdominoplasty
Dr. Aisha White, a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, will be available to tell you more about abdominoplasty surgery during a consultation. As part of your consultation, the two of you will discuss your aesthetic goals and the details of the recovery process. If you would like to schedule your informative and helpful consultation, contact our office today.