People with excess fatty tissue in the abdominal area may be candidates for a tummy tuck. Before moving forward with surgery, patients usually wish to gather information about the process and the recovery period.
What to Expect
Abdominoplasty is the surgical term for a tummy tuck. This procedure involves removing excess skin and fatty tissue from both the middle and lower abdomen. After removing the excess tissue, the surgeon then tightens muscles to create a streamlined appearance.
Tummy tucks are performed in surgical operating rooms. Patients are placed under general anesthesia for the procedure. A surgeon makes an incision in the lower abdomen, using the incision space to tighten rectus muscles. The rectus muscles are tightened through the incision. The physician also removes excess skin to leave the abdomen flatter. Sometimes patients elect to combine their tummy tucks with liposuction to enhance the final appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. People who are significantly overweight should wait until they have lost weight and maintained the loss for a period of time. Consult your doctor or contact us to see if this surgery is right for you.
What to Expect Post-Procedure
Generally, patients stay one night in the hospital following tummy tucks. After release from the hospital, doctors order bed rest for the first two days. Patients should also elevate their torsos and keep the knees slightly bent. Restricting activity early helps the muscles and skin begin healing. Ambulation is then encouraged.
Patients should consume a lot of fluids during the first 72 hours. Juice or an electrolyte beverage is preferable during this time. Physicians also require patients to wear a compression garment for the first five days after surgery.
Although discomfort is common after abdominoplasty, patients usually notice a marked improvement by the second week of post-op. By week three, many people are ready to begin increasing activity levels gradually.
Consult the surgeons at Cape Cod Plastic Surgery to receive more information about a tummy tuck.