What to expect to learn with this guide:
Though you’ve probably heard about a tummy tuck for most of your life, you’ll find out all the details of this procedure in this comprehensive guide. Learn how a tummy tuck can benefit your body and self-confidence, what happens during your surgery and what you can expect your results to be after the procedure. You’ll learn what you need to know to schedule a consultation and learn about how long it will take you to recover. You’ll also find out about follow-up appointments and what you’ll need to do to ensure you surgery continues to offer you benefits for years to come.
Sometimes diet and exercise can’t provide the results you’re looking for after you’ve had multiple pregnancies, lost a great deal of weight or undergone bariatric surgery. In these and other cases, a tummy tuck is the best way to get the toned and flat stomach that you want. A tummy tuck is available for both male and female patients. A beautifully contoured body can happen with a tummy tuck and the results are permanent, as long as you continue to follow a healthy lifestyle.
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What is a tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is actually called an abdominoplasty. On the trunk of your body, lies the abdomen which encloses your stomach muscles and other important organs. The muscles in this region can get stretched out overtime through an improper diet, lack of exercise, childbirth or other medical conditions.If you’ve got diastasis, which is a horizontal separation of abdominal muscles that occurs after pregnancy, a tummy tuck can work to restore your pre-pregnancy body.
Having a tummy tuck can work to help reverse these effects by taking away extra skin and fat from the abdomen region. It also works to strengthen and rework the muscles give a more toned, tighter appearance.
Tummy Tuck Options / Types of Abdominoplasty
You do have choices for your tummy tuck surgery. There are many available and your surgeon will discuss the best one for the body contouring level that you’re hoping to reach. Your surgeon will also work with you to ensure the least amount of scarring and to ensure you get the best look for your body type.
Here are the options you can choose from for your tummy tuck surgery:
If you’re wondering which one to choose, your surgeon will go over the details of each option and analyze your health history and body type. Then, together, you’ll come up with the best one to choose to get the results that will make you look your best.
Am I a candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks are an excellent option if you want to tone and tighten your mid-section and can’t get results from dieting and exercise alone. If you’re in optimal health, have lost as much weight as you want to and are finished with your pregnancies, a tummy tuck is a great procedure to consider.
Top 10 Things a Tummy Tuck Can help with:
- 1Excess fat above or below your belly button
- 2Extra skin after weight loss
- 3If you’ve had weight loss surgery, a tummy tuck may be a great supplemental procedure
- 4You’re considering liposuction
- 5You’re in good health and a non-smoker
- 6You recently lost a lot of weight
- 7You’ve reached your goal weight but still have a bulging belly
- 8After pregnancy, you’ve got a belly pooch or stretch marks
- 9You have trouble wearing certain types of clothing or bathing suits
- 10You’ve lost self-esteem or constantly worry about your belly area
What should I expect at my consultation?
If you’re thinking about a tummy tuck procedure, it’s imperative that you meet with your surgeon to discuss what goes into this procedure and what you can expect from the outcome. Your surgeon will go over your health history and discuss the importance of not smoking for at least two weeks prior to your surgery. This is because your blood circulation potential needs to be optimal for this surgery. Your surgeon will then listen to what bothers you about your stomach, what you hope to achieve with a tummy tuck and if you have any concerns about the surgery. Your surgeon will then take measurements of your stomach. Make a list of questions to ask your surgeon so you don’t forget what to ask.
You’ll also receive the following at your consultation:
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
It’s important to understand that a tummy tuck is a surgery and what will go into the process.
Before your even undergo surgery, you’ll want to take care of the following:
Once your surgery day arrives, you’ll be given a date and surgery instructions to follow in the days before your procedure. Make sure to follow any instructions carefully. Your tummy tuck will be performed in an outpatient surgery center or a hospital.
Generally, this is what you can expect during your procedure:
- 1You’ll meet with you anesthesiologist and be given instructions for your pain management.
- 2General anesthesia will be given so you don’t feel any pain during surgery.
- 3Depending on which tummy tuck you’re receiving, your surgeon will make the correct incisions and begin to remove the excess fat and tissue from your abdomen area.
- 4Next, your muscles will be relocated and plicated in their new position. If you’re belly button needs to be relocated, it will be moved at this time.
- 5All incisions will be closed with a suture. Some surgeries will require a drainage tube to be in place as you heal.
- 6Finally, you’ll be wrapped in a compression garment to help you heal and prevent blood clots.
If your surgery is more involved, like with an extended tummy tuck, it could take up to four hours to finish. Other tummy tucks will take considerably less time.
Once your surgery is complete, the following will occur:
As with any surgery, you’ll want to monitor for various side effects that can occur after a procedure like a tummy tuck:
Recovery from abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck recovery should go very well. You’ll be wrapped in a compression garment or bandage that helps you heal and also prevents blood clots and other issues post-surgery. You may have pain and swelling, and bruising at the incision site. Recovery can take from four weeks to six weeks depending on your specific type of tummy tuck. You’ll want to clear your schedule for rest for at least the first few days following surgery.
It is extremely important that you don’t lift anything during your recovery time. If you’ve got little children, go ahead and plan for a full-time caretaker during your recovery. Older children can be cared for normally about a week after the procedure. If you have any drain tubes or special sutures, your doctor will give you a timeline for handling them during your recovery.
Results, Maintenance & Follow up
You will have some pain and swelling after surgery but you’ll love the results of your tummy tuck. After your surgery, your excess skin removal and fat tissue removal are permanent. Though any subsequent weight gain or pregnancy can hurt your results and cause you to need another operation. To get the best look, continue to follow a healthy workout and diet routine. You’ll meet with your doctor for a follow-up after surgery.
Who should I consult for My Tummy Tuck?
At Pure Plastic Surgery, you’ll receive a consultation prior to your surgery to go over any concerns you may have. You can get to know our special team of fully-trained surgeons that will help give you the body and the confidence that you deserve. Call Pure Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL for a consultation today and learn more about the options.