Abdominoplasty “tummy tuck”
Have you lost a significant amount of weight, but now have loose and sagging skin in your abdomen? have you noticed your abdomen sag as you’ve aged, and no amount of sit-ups or planks seem to tighten it back up?
Have you had all the children you intended on having, and want your pre-pregnancy abdomen back? Or, If you are in generally good physical condition but are concerned about abdominal fat deposits and loose skin that do not respond to diet and exercise, an abdominoplasty can potentially reduce your protruding abdomen. You will look slimmer, fitter, and be altogether healthier.
What is an abdominoplasty?
Commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty surgically removes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles, which can become stretched or separated and cause a “pooch” that just won’t go away. This is especially common for postpartum women, especially those who have had multiple pregnancies. Older patients whose abdominal skin has lost some of its elasticity and have stubborn belly fat can also benefit from a tummy tuck.
Am I a candidate for abdominoplasty?
To achieve the best results of a tummy tuck, Men and women need to meet the following criteria:
- Be at or near your ideal goal weight, as a tummy tuck is Not a weight loss surgery.
- Having realistic expectations for your tummy tuck.
- Be a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate both the abdominoplasty procedure and your recovery time.
- Be in good physical and psychological health.
Who is a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
Good candidate with loose skin:
Not a candidate- Large round abdomen with minimal loose skin:
Recovering from a Tummy Tuck
Most tummy tuck patients take between three to four weeks off work or school to recover. Pain is usually quite easily managed with prescription pain medications or even over-the-counter medications. Heavy lifting should be avoided during the first few weeks after a tummy tuck. It’s essential that you have a plan in place for someone to take care of the day to day chores around the house. Activities such as cooking, vacuuming and doing the laundry cannot be performed while you are recuperating from surgery. If you have young children, someone will have to care for their needs too so your body can heal properly.
Dr. Menesi will discuss the risks and benefits of a tummy tuck procedure at your consultation to confirm that this is the best course of action for your particular needs.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Menesi, contact our office today at (506) 455-1188.