If pregnancy, weight loss, or aging has altered your appearance and left you with sagging skin on your abdomen, you may feel less attractive and confident. While diet and exercise can help, they aren’t always enough to give you the body you deserve. Fortunately there are other options available. Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is one way to reclaim your appearance and your self-assurance.
Keep reading to learn more.
What is abdominolasty?
Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery option that removes excess skin and fat and tightens underlying muscles in the abdomen. The result is a leaner, flatter tummy.
Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
While a tummy tuck can make you look slimmer, it is not a weight loss procedure. This means that it is a good option for people who are at a healthy, stable weight. If you still have significant weight to lose, you should wait to have a tummy tuck after you’ve reached your weight loss goals.
Often pregnancy and weight fluctuations can stretch out your skin and abdominal muscles. Even if you work hard and lose weight, that extra skin doesn’t go away. This can leave you with a flabbier looking stomach even though you’re very fit and healthy underneath. If you’re healthy and frustrated with stretched sagging skin on your abdomen, a tummy tuck may benefit you.
What should you expect from the procedure?
Abdominoplasty takes place when a patient is under general anesthesia. An incision will be made in the lower part of the abdomen where it is more inconspicuous. Then excess skin and fat will be removed and underlying tissues will be tightened. The navel is often repositioned during this procedure.
After the surgery, you’ll need to set aside some time to recover. Most patients wear compression garments to maintain results for about 10 weeks, but they often go back to work and resume normal activities about two weeks after the procedure. For best results you should avoid strenuous exercise for about 6 weeks, but maintaining a healthy diet and including regular exercise in your daily routine will help you maintain the results of your tummy tuck and look your best for as long as possible.
To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alan Serure.