Although we would all like our bodies to be taut and youthful forever, there are factors that will eventually cause irreversible changes. Aging, weight fluctuations, hereditary, and pregnancy all can transform the curves and shape of the body. Even with a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen, excess skin and fat are often impossible to target.
Among one of the most stubborn areas of the body is the waistline. Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a common procedure performed to correct the damages caused by aging, weight gain or loss, and pregnancy.
- Removes excess abdominal fat and skin
- Tightens the abdominal muscles
- Flattens the abdomen
- Slims the midsection
- The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery have tried and failed to achieve the slim, tight midsection they desire with traditional weight-loss methods.
- It is important that patients are in overall good health and willing to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan in conjunction with their tummy tuck procedure (before and after surgery).
- During the procedure, an incision is made from hipbone to hipbone across the lower abdomen just above the pubic area.
- Through the incision, Dr. Roussalis will remove excess fatty tissue and stretched skin. He will tighten loose, flaccid abdominal muscles.
- The remaining skin is redraped and secured over the newly shaped abdominal contours.
- If necessary, the belly button may be moved to a more natural position.
- A dressing or support garment is applied to the abdomen to aid in healing and to provide comfort.
- Patients can return home with a designated driver after the anesthesia wears off.
- The abdomen may feel sore and very tender, and any pain or discomfort can be controlled with prescription medication.
- Most patients will need a few days of bed rest, but light walking is encouraged beginning the day after surgery to ease swelling and prevent blood clots in the legs.
- The majority of patients take about two weeks off from work depending on the physical demands of their job.
- Patients should gradually ease back into their routine, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks.
- Every person heals at their own pace; the recovery time will vary based on the individual patient.
- Tummy tuck results are designed to be permanent but will vary based on a person’s lifestyle and habits.
- Pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations can cause the abdomen to stretch or loosen again.
- Someone who practices a healthy diet and regular exercise plan usually benefits from long-lasting results. They can expect a slimmer, more toned midsection that complements their entire physique.