Men and women who elect to receive a tummy tucks achieve a tighter abdomen and smaller waistline. Most importantly, tummy tucks help eliminate abdominal stretch marks while allowing each patient an increased sense of comfort and confidence.
Often, patients are in need of tummy tucks after multiple pregnancies, weight loss, or prior surgery. A loose or sagging abdominal skin becomes present that no amount of exercise can eliminate.
ABOUT THE TUMMY TUCK PROCEDURE
A tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) consists of removing the sagging skin to create a tighter and smoother look. Doctors accomplish this by making a W-shaped incision along the lower abdomen. The skin from the lower abdomen and belly button are detached from the muscle. The skin is then re-draped and the belly button reattached with any extra skin removed. Drains are generally needed after the surgery for up to five days. While the surgery is an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, most patients will require assistance at home for the first few days.
For stretching and laxity below the belly button, doctors can often perform what is known as a mini-tummy tuck. This procedure results in a smaller scar and better recovery time.
RECOVERING FROM A TUMMY TUCK
Typically, five days after surgery, the small drains can be removed, and in another week to 10 days a patient should be able to resume normal activity. Physical exertion should be limited until a month after the surgery.
QUESTIONS ABOUT ABDOMINOPLASTY
Is there a chance I can get a hernia after surgery?
No. Although abdominoplasty does include repairing of muscles, they are only folded and tightened.
Should I lose weight before my tummy tuck?
That depends. For a tummy tuck to be most effective, you should aim to be within twenty pounds of your ideal weight. However, if you are having trouble losing the weight, especially if it’s concentrated in the front of your stomach, doctors can incorporate a liposuction procedure to remove abdominal fat, then remove the excess skin.
Is it safe to have children after a tummy tuck?
While it’s possible, it is not recommended. There is no danger to the child’s health, but as all the laxity of your abdomen has been removed, it can result in very severe stretch marks.