What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a plastic surgical procedure to contour and flatten the abdomen by removing areas of fat and skin. The muscles of the abdomen are then tightened. The tummy tuck helps sculpt the abdomen in a way that exercise and diet alone cannot. Variations of the tummy tuck include tightening the back and flanks, as well as the buttocks and outer thighs (called a body lift). Both a partial, or mini, tummy tuck and a full tummy tuck are options.
What is the tummy tuck procedure like?
This is an invasive surgical procedure that will require general anesthetic and keep patients in the hospital for a couple of days. The length of stay in the hospital depends on if the tummy tuck was done alone or in conjunction with other procedures. The plastic surgeon removes areas of fat and skin from the abdomen. The abdominal muscles are tightened by pulling them together and then stitching the covering sheath of connective tissue.
Who are good candidates for the tummy tuck procedure?
Good candidates for the tummy tuck procedure are those who are already exercising and eating healthy. The tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure and should not be seen as such. Many good candidates target areas of excess fat or skin that is there due to massive weight loss, child birth or age. You should not be a smoker, as smoking can hamper the recovery period. Furthermore, candidates should be realistic about the outcome.
How long does tummy tuck recovery take?
Recovering from a tummy tuck procedure depends on the patient. Some patients may heal much more quickly than others. Pain pumps will be required post-surgery, and pain medication and muscle relaxant will be prescribed. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of their tummy tuck procedure. Upper body exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for six weeks following your procedure, but walking is encouraged as soon as you can manage it. You will visit your plastic surgeon frequently so they can help to manage your recovery and see how things are healing.
If you are in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and are interested in finding out more about the tummy tuck procedure, please visit the website of experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik today.