A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure done to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, as well as tightening the abdominal wall. This procedure is popular following pregnancy and massive weight loss.
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Individuals who are experiencing excess lax skin and stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise can often benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. Ideal candidates will be at a stable weight, be nonsmokers, have good skin elasticity, and be finished having children, as future pregnancies can negatively impact tummy tuck results. A consultation is the best way to determine if this procedure is a good fit for you.
This surgical procedure is done under general anesthesia which will be administered to you during the procedure. The doctor will make incisions around the abdomen and bikini line in order to get under the skin, then they will use liposuction techniques to remove excess fat, before removing the excess skin. Once the surgeon has removed the amount of fat and skin desired, they will drape the skin over the abdomen and form it to your body’s new contour. There are different kinds of tummy tuck procedures depending on the desires of the patient.
Types of Incisions
There are three tummy tuck techniques that can be used today, which include the full tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, and the extended tummy tuck.
Full Tummy Tuck
A horizontal incision is created between the hip bones, as well as an incision is created around the navel. Excess skin is removed, liposuction is used to contour the abdomen, and weakened or separated abdominal muscles are tightened. This tummy tuck procedure is the most common.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A single incision is created between the hip bones, usually smaller than that of a full tummy tuck. Excess skin and fat are removed, and lax muscles are tightened. This tummy tuck technique is meant to address the area below the belly button and is best for those who are in fairly good shape but still have a small belly pooch that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Extended Tummy Tuck
An incision is created around the naval and between the hip bones, which will extend around the sides and into the lower back to remove larger amounts of excess skin and fat. Excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen, flanks, and thighs. This procedure is often done for those who have experienced massive weight loss.
When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Cusimano, tummy tuck procedures carry no more risk than any other surgery.
Can you get pregnant after tummy tuck?
Although its still anatomically possible to become pregnant after a tummy tuck surgery, it is not recommended, since the results achieved from the procedure would be dramatically altered due to the effects of pregnancy.
Can you lose weight after tummy tuck?
Absolutely, in fact, some find it easier to do certain exercises after the repairing effects of the surgery, which can prompt significant weight loss after recovery from tummy tuck.
Can I walk after tummy tuck?
Yes, and walking a short amount every few hours is recommended to promote circulation and prevent fluid accumulation.
Do men get tummy tuck?
Yes, although the procedure differs slightly from what would be done for females, especially those who are having a tummy tuck to correct tissues that were torn during pregnancy.
Can you get a tummy tuck if youre obese?
Dr. Cusimano will work with you during a consultation and examination to determine if youre a good candidate for abdominoplasty, taking into consideration your current BMI, which may rule a person out when it comes to the procedures safety.
Do you get a scar from a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty surgery does leave scars, notably along the pubic bone, which can be concealed in most underwear and swimwear. An additional scar may be around the belly button, which Dr. Cusimano will blend in with the natural delineation of the skin.
Do you have to be skinny to get a tummy tuck?
It is generally recommended to be within a certain range close to your ideal body weight to be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Patients can be either too thin or too large to be eligible for the procedure.
Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?
Among reducing fat and getting rid of excess skin, an abdominoplasty can also correct weakened or separated abdominal muscles, a condition called diastasis recti.
Do tummy tucks work?
Yes, tummy tucks are highly effective ways to achieve a more contoured midsection as well as improve the appearance of loose or excess skin.
Following your tummy tuck procedure, swelling and bruising may occur. Any pain that occurs can be controlled with pain medication. You will be instructed to wear a special compression garment to reduce swelling and support your new abdominal contours. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, you may also have drains to help collect any excess fluids during recovery. Most patients take at least a week off from work, depending on the physical demands of their job. Be sure to follow Dr. Cusimano’s post-op instructions to help ensure best results.