Fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, genetics and aging can all contribute to losing skin elasticity, leaving you with excess skin that makes the tummy protrude and sag. A strict diet and exercise program may help you lose the weight you want to lose, but it won’t correct the loose skin. A tummy tuck is a popular procedure that can help patients get the slim, toned midsection they’ve always wanted. Here are six things you need to know about tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty.
A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss. This surgery is best for patients who are maintaining a healthy weight. If you are planning on future pregnancies to losing a significant amount of weight, it would be best to postpone the surgery until you are at or near your ideal weight.
The incision extends from hip to hip. The incision is made just along the bikini line so that the scar can be hidden by swimsuit bottoms or underwear.
Recovery can take up to six weeks. Abdominoplasty is major surgery. It will take some time and patience before you can stand fully upright. You will need to wear an abdominal binder, which is used to help support your muscles after surgery and help speed up recovery.
You can return to work and exercise in just a few weeks. You may be able to return to work in as little as two weeks, while many patients return in 3-4 weeks. You can ease into exercise as per instructions from Dr. Dawes, as exercise can help you heal faster by reducing swelling and reducing the chance of getting blood clots.
Results from tummy tuck surgery are permanent. As long as you maintain a healthy weight, the results should last for the rest of your life.
A tummy tuck can be performed with other procedures. Liposuction is a popular addition as it will remove fat pockets. When performed with a tummy tuck and breast enhancement, it’s known as a “Mommy Makeover,” which is a popular procedure for women looking to get their pre-baby body back with just one surgical recovery.
To learn more about tummy tucks and other procedures to help you achieve your goals, book a consultation online or call 403.571.3141.