The Tummy Tuck

woman standing with large breastsAre you thinking about giving Abdominoplasty a try? More commonly referred to as a “Tummy-tuck” procedure, Abdominoplasty is necessary when a patient’s weight fluctuates significantly, leaving behind excess skin. Your skin is very elastic, but being stretched out for extended periods due to heavy weight gain sometimes results in a surplus of loose skin that hangs from the body after the weight is lost either through physical activity and diet or surgically.

Initial recovery from Abdominoplasty can be expected to take one to four weeks during which time heavy lifting and work should be avoided. Full recovery can be expected to take between three and six months, although the scarring will take somewhere between nine months to a year to fade (dependent on many factors).

All surgical procedures have benefits and drawbacks, and it is important to do your research in order to find out if you are a good candidate for a specific procedure. Below we have listed out the pro’s and con’s of the Abdominoplasty procedure to make the decision easier for you.

Pros:

  • Restores tummy section back to a flat state
  • Contours your body to provide a more flattering silhouette
  • Results are permanent, unless the weight is gained again

Cons:

  • Leaves scarring in the bikini region
  • Only suggested for women who do not plan on getting pregnant in the future as subsequent pregnancies may affect surgical results
  • Substantial weight gain post operation can negate surgical results
  • There may be a longer recovery time than with liposuction

Oftentimes, patients may even find that both liposuction and abdominoplasty are both required to achieve their desired look. And sometimes, additional work in the thigh and buttocks is necessary to remove the excess skin. Whatever you have in mind for your body, it’s best to get a professional opinion. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation and you’ll be on your way to feeling lighter and brighter this summer!