Tummy Tuck

  • PATIENT DETAILS: 5’9", 171 lbs.
  • PROCEDURE(s): Underwent a standard abdominoplasty with liposuction and muscle plication. Lost 17lbs. Tummy Tuck.
  • BACKGROUND: Severe striae formation and laxity of the lower abdomen.
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What is a tummy tuck?

Throughout a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, excessive fat and skin are removed from the tummy-area. Connective tissue in the stomach that has stretched out, called fascia, generally is sutured back together. The skin is then repositioned to make a more toned appearance.

You may opt to get a tummy tuck if you have excess skin or fat around the region of your belly or even a weakened or loose lower abdominal wall. Sometimes, a tummy tuck will help alleviate back pain.

The operation will help you achieve a more toned, tightened abdominal appearance and will aide in your journey to look and feel better about your stomach.

Are you a tummy tuck candidate?

Pregnancy or major fluctuations in your weight may stretch out the skin that surrounds your abdominal area. A tummy tuck can help remove this skin and bring the rectus abdominis, or sit-up muscles, back together. These muscles are often stretched or separated by pregnancy or weight gain.

A tummy tuck may not be right for you if:

  • Your body mass index is over 30
  • You are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant in the future
  • You are actively trying to lose weight
  • You have heart disease

What is recovery for a tummy tuck like?

Depending on the surgical technique utilized, a temporary tube may be inserted beneath the skin to help drain excess fluid from the surgical area. A compression garment is worn throughout the recovery period for about 6 weeks to prevent fluid build up and also to provide abdominal support during the healing period.

During the first 6 weeks after your tummy tuck, you will need to take precautions when moving around and avoid positions that can possibly strain your incision. Your surgeon will give you a full list of recovery restrictions and instructions.

What are tummy tuck results like?

A flatter and more toned abdominal region is noticeable immediately. Provided that you keep your weight managed using a balanced diet and regular exercise, your results will be long-lasting.

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