No matter how strict your diet or how hard you work in the gym, often that loose, sagging abdominal skin the remains leaves patients dismayed. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your tummy, a tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) may be just what you need for a flat and toned abdomen. Here are some common questions about this popular surgery:
Will it help me lose weight? A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss. It’s ideal for patients who want to tighten abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. If you are planning to lose several pounds or become pregnant, you will need to wait to get a tummy tuck as swings in weight can affect and negate results.
What if I have other procedures I want done to improve my look? A tummy tuck can be done with several other cosmetic procedures. Liposuction is commonly done to remove fatty deposits since a tummy tuck only removes skin and tightens abdominal muscles. A breast enhancement surgery can be done in combination with tummy tuck, and is part of a comprehensive “Mommy Makeover” surgery.
What is recovery like? A tummy tuck is a major procedure, but for patients who are in good health, recovery should be much faster. Some patients can return to work in as little as two weeks, depending on how you feel and your type of work.
Will my scar be visible? A tummy tuck scar is long, but it’s placed just above the public area so that it can be hidden under a bikini bottom or underwear. A medical adhesive is used on incisions where possible to help minimize scarring. The upper incision is made through the belly button, which will be hidden.
How long will results last? Results from a tummy tuck surgery are permanent. As long as you maintain a healthy weight and avoid large weight gains or losses, the results should last the rest of your life.