A loose or sagging tummy can develop from pregnancy, aging, weight fluctuations or heredity. Weight control and exercise can’t always create a well-toned abdomen. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgical procedure can improve your look by:
These improvements can be greatly diminished by significant weight fluctuations. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks.
As with any surgery, you should have realistic expectations, and we will help you understand those at your consultation appointment.
An ideal tummy tuck candidate:
Note that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program. If you are planning significant weight loss or considering getting pregnant, we might advise you to postpone surgery.
The success and safety of your tummy tuck depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss:
Make sure you bring a list of your own questions and concerns. Please feel free to bring a supportive friend to help you listen or take notes. Become well-informed before you make a final decision.
Once you have completed your consultation and decided tummy tuck surgery is right for you, it’s time to prepare for surgery day. We might ask you to:
We will also give you instructions on what to do the day before and morning of surgery, and instructions for self-care after surgery. You will need to arrange for a ride home on surgery day. Also, make sure someone stays with you at least the first night following surgery.
You may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid.
We will give you complete written instructions for a safe and comfortable recovery. Instructions will include:
Your final result should not only restore a flatter, more toned abdomen, but also help you feel more confident about yourself. The results of your surgery will be long lasting, provided you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.