Most men and women strive to achieve a firm and slender midsection that complements their figure. Pregnancy, extreme weight loss, and aging often lead to sagging or excess abdominal skin, weakened rectus muscles, and stubborn fat deposits. Some individuals can get the results they desire through dedicated exercise and strict dieting, but at-home methods do not work for everyone. Pregnancy or large weight gain can cause the abdominal muscles to separate, which leads to central abdomen protuberance (a stomach that sticks out) despite regular exercise. Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, targets these abdominal imperfections to improve the appearance of the midsection and restore a patient’s youthful body contours from the inside out.
What Tummy Tuck Surgery Can Achieve
Smoother StomachPregnancy, aging, and weight loss can lead to bothersome abdominal skin laxity. Having excess belly skin can damage your self-confidence and make it difficult to fit into clothing properly. Patients who opt for tummy tuck surgery can restore their pre-pregnancy figure and enjoy a smoother, tighter tummy.
Stronger MusclesPregnancy and weight fluctuations can lead to a condition called diastasis recti, which is characterized by separated abdominal muscles that contribute to belly protrusion as well as core weakness. During tummy tuck surgery, these muscles are repaired and tightened, which cannot be achieved with exercise.
Slender ContoursStruggling with body fat that is resistant to diet and exercise can be frustrating. Several lifestyle and genetic factors can cause the body to store fat in certain areas, making it harder to achieve the figure you desire. Tummy tuck surgery revamps the midsection and sides by removing unwanted body fat, along with excess skin, to create a slimmer silhouette.
Tummy Tuck Options
RecoveryPatients commonly experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort after surgery. It is important to walk as soon as possible to avoid blood clots. A compression hose must be worn for one week after surgery, and a compression girdle must be worn for six weeks to manage swelling. Patients may resume work and some activities within two to three weeks but must avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks.
ScarsDr. Boll carefully places tummy tuck incisions in discreet locations so they may be hidden by clothing. However, any scarring that results from tummy tuck surgery tends to fade over time.
CostThe cost of tummy tuck surgery depends on several factors including surgical fees, facility fees, geographical location, and surgical technique. We will give you an accurate price estimate during your personal tummy tuck consultation.
PainMost patients experience the most post-op pain during the first 48 to 72 hours following surgery, but it should dissipate over the next few days. Any discomfort can be managed with medication prescribed by Dr. Boll.
Frequently Asked Questions
Severe complications from tummy tuck surgery are uncommon. The possible risks may include:
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
- Loss of sensation
- Complications healing
Tummy tuck results are considered to be permanent as long as you have no pregnancies or drastic weight fluctuations after the procedure. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and waiting until after you no longer plan on having more children will help you maintain the effects of your tummy tuck surgery.
Yes; any tobacco use interferes with the healing process, which can lead to infection, poor healing, or unsatisfactory results. It is recommended to quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery and wait at least another three weeks after surgery to smoke again if you cannot quit altogether.
A tummy tuck only targets loose skin in the abdominal area. Patients who experience substantial skin laxity due to significant weight loss may want to consider body lift surgery. This procedure addresses folds of excess skin and fat in the abdomen, outer thighs, and buttocks.
There will be a noticeable difference immediately following surgery, but it can take between three and six months for any residual swelling to subside. At that point, you will see the full effects of your tummy tuck surgery.