Patients who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from tummy tuck surgery. Often, pregnancy or substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become stretched out and excessive. A tummy tuck takes care of the belly pooch that does not go away even with diet and exercise. It tightens the abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened in these cases. The procedure often eliminates stretch marks that are located below the naval, as the affected skin is removed as part of the operation. There are multiple tummy tuck variations- the most common version of our tummy tuck removes unwanted skin around the stomach and tightens the muscles underneath. This process can be extended or scaled back by focusing on the entire torso or merely the lower abdomen.
While tummy tucks are relatively safe, the recovery period can last many weeks. Unlike more basic cosmetic procedures, the tummy tuck can leave patients in recovery-mode for nearly a month. You could potentially need assistance at home for a week and will be on pain medication for at least that long. For any women who have experienced a C-section, the recovery process is similar.
While the procedure is permanent, fluctuations may occur. It is heavily advised to maintain a stable weight level after your procedure. Sudden weight gains can be dangerous. Most patients experience consistent results post-surgery and are happy with the results.