Tummy Tuck Surgery
Pregnancy, weight loss, and the natural effects of aging can dramatically affect how your abdomen looks and feels. Fortunately, tummy tuck surgery can rejuvenate your figure by tightening weakened muscles and loose skin while eliminating stubborn fat. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is designed to tighten your core and restore youthful body contours to help you look and feel your best with a slimmer and smoother silhouette.
What Is Discussed During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation?
Everyone’s body is different, so every tummy tuck surgery is tailored to the patient’s unique shape and cosmetic goals. During your initial tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Thompson will review your health history and expectations of the procedure. After determining which tummy tuck option is the most appropriate for your case, he will devise a customized tummy tuck plan to address your concerns and give you the gorgeous silhouette you desire.Schedule A Consultation
What Are My Tummy Tuck Options in Colts Neck?
A tummy tuck corrects abdominal skin laxity and damage to the rectus muscles. An incision is created just above the pubic area and extends out to the hips. To address skin laxity above the belly button, your surgeon may create an incision around it. Skin and fatty tissue are separated from the abdominal wall, and the weakened muscles are tightened. Excess skin is excised, and the remaining tissues are repositioned.
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that can be used to treat hard-to-reach areas that have collected pockets of stubborn fat. Dr. Thompson combines circumferential liposuction with tummy tuck surgery to improve the contour of the entire trunk area, including the back, and produce optimal results for the entire silhouette.
Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in conjunction with other surgical techniques to achieve the best body contouring results. Some of the procedures you may choose to combine with a tummy tuck include:
- Breast surgery (Mommy Makeover)
- Fat grafting to the buttocks
A non-invasive or minimally invasive body contouring procedure can be added after a tummy tuck to further improve the contours of the abdomen or body.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery
Am I a candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery must maintain a stable weight, have realistic expectations of the procedure, and not use tobacco products. The results of tummy tuck surgery can be compromised by drastic weight fluctuations as well as subsequent pregnancies, so patients who are planning to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight may want to postpone their procedure.
How painful is a tummy tuck?
Patients should experience no pain during the operation itself due to the use of general anesthesia. Patients should expect mild to moderate pain and discomfort during the first two to four days of recovery due to swelling and inflammation. These symptoms may be alleviated through the use of prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.
What can I expect during recovery after my tummy tuck surgery?
Every patient will experience a different recovery based on the extent of correction required and surgical techniques used for their procedure. It is recommended that tummy tuck patients wear a compression garment during recovery (as well as before surgery) to minimize swelling and help the body become accustomed to its new shape. Drainage tubes will be inserted temporarily to collect excess fluid near the treatment site, and these are typically removed in one week. Patients are advised to take short, leisurely walks as soon as possible after surgery to promote circulation and prevent blood clots. Most tummy tuck patients return to work after about two weeks, but full recovery takes four to six weeks.
What procedures combine well with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck may be part of a Mommy Makeover, a personalized procedure that usually focuses on the abdomen and breasts. This technique usually involves a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift.
Tummy tuck surgery can also be followed by non-invasive contouring treatments, such as cellulite reduction, CoolSculpting® body contouring, and CoolTone®. Surgical and non-surgical procedures cannot be performed simultaneously, and you will need to return for your additional once you have healed from your tummy tuck.
Will I have scarring following my tummy tuck procedure?
All surgery comes with a risk of scarring, but Dr. Thompson is careful to place all tummy tuck incisions in discreet locations that are easily concealed with clothing and undergarments. Scars tend to fade with time as well so that they blend into the surrounding skin. Using scar treatment creams like bioCorneum® can also help improve the appearance of scars.
What are the risks of a tummy tuck?
As with all surgical procedures, there is some level of unavoidable risk associated with a tummy tuck. These risks may include some of the following:
- Excessive scarring
- Poor body contouring
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia
- Skin discoloration
- Nerve damage and persistent pain
Will tummy tuck surgery help me lose weight?
A tummy tuck is not meant to be a weight loss solution, but it can remove pockets of stubborn fat to produce a fitter appearance. By providing comprehensive correction to the entire midsection, tummy tuck surgery creates a slimmer, more attractive physique.
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