Procedure, Recovery and Surgery with Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
What is a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that can remove extra skin and fat, and tighten the underlying muscles to achieve a flat and toned abdomen. Patients who benefit from a tummy tuck procedure are those who have had a pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, prior surgery, or simply a loss of muscle tone due to aging or heredity.
Tummy Tuck Procedures
There are different types of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures: the traditional tummy tuck, which addresses the entire abdomen and the mini-tummy tuck, which addresses the abdominal contour from the belly button down. During your consultation, Dr. Liszka will advise you on which procedure will provide the tummy tuck results you desire.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
This operation is done under general anesthesia and rarely requires an overnight stay. This procedure is frequently performed with other breast and body contour procedures. The recovery time for a tummy tuck is longer than liposuction because of tightening of the muscles. Most patients are able to return to work in 10 days to two weeks after receiving their tummy tuck procedure.
Tummy Tuck Benefits
While the tummy tuck procedure has obvious cosmetic benefits, there are other ways this can be of help to people. Below is a look at some of the additional benefits that come with a tummy tuck.
- Improvement in posture
- Prevent recurrence of ventral hernia
- Stress urinary incontinence reduction
- Higher tolerance for exercise
- Reduction of back pain
After a tummy tuck, managing weight loss also becomes an easier task. Research has shown that tummy tuck patients prove to have a lower rate of weight gain following the procedure. It is findings like these that have prompted some insurance companies to cover the cost of a tummy tuck.
Tummy Tuck Essentials
Once you complete your tunny tuck, there will be a short period of recovery. In order to be prepared for this time of healing, there are some items that will alleviate the process. For the bathroom, a shower stool and toilet seat raiser will both come in handy. A pillow in the shape of a U makes sleeping much easier, as it props you up in a stable position. Those who are side sleepers can utilize a foam wedge to help them through the night. A heating pad will also be a source of comfort and using a grab-it tool will prevent having to reach for things and bring discomfort to the stomach region.
Why A Tummy Tuck Makes Sense
Sometimes, no matter how hard you work at it, excess skin will just not go away. Some people eat right and work out frequently, only to see that stubborn area of skin remain relatively the same. This can induce a very uncomfortable self-image. Some of it is even caused by genetics which makes removal a very difficult endeavor.
What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck
An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck produces a scar that extends from one hip to the other. The scar is positioned to lie below the underwear line so it is usually concealed and fades over time. Like liposuction, a tummy tuck will provide long-lasting results in combination with a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss or obesity operation and patients with dramatic weight fluctuations should wait until their weight stabilizes to have the operation.
Once your tummy tuck is finished, the recovery process has some specifics of its own. Stitches will eventually dissolve on their own, so there is no need for a return visit to remove them. A fitted garment is recommended to be worn in order to help you heal correctly. There are also ways to outfit your home so that it meets your needs during postoperative care. Expect soreness for several weeks, but the rewards will last well beyond that short stretch of time. Dr. Liszka will make sure you are fully informed of how to recover from the procedure as well as the best ways to maintain your new look.
View Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos of Tummy Tuck and other Body Surgery Procedures performed by Dr. Liszka.