What is a tummy tuck?
If there is one universal truth, it’s that all people would like to have a flat stomach. Unfortunately, once the muscles and skin in the abdomen have been stretched to a certain degree, they can’t return to their previous degree of tautness. No matter how many crunches you do, no matter how much kale you eat, you can’t get the abdomen to tighten back up. But don’t lose hope — a tummy tuck with Dr. Aydin can do it! A tummy tuck procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and fat and can help tighten and restore separated muscles, usually after a significant weight loss from significant weight gain.
Would a tummy tuck help me?
A tummy tuck can be a great option for people who have gained and then lost a good deal of weight. Why? Because, while your skin has great elasticity and is very resilient, there is a point where it is overstretched for too long a period and it just can’t return to its previous degree of tautness. Pregnancy and periods of large weight gain (followed by loss) leave you with sagging, loose skin. The muscles can also become weakened, even separated.
But a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. Dr. Aydin prefers his patients considering a tummy tuck be within 10% of their ideal weight. This applies to both women and men. Also, if a woman is considering having another child, she should wait to have a tummy tuck until after the birth because pregnancy and childbirth will negate any of the results gained from the procedure.
Tummy tucks are performed with the patient under general anesthesia, taking from two to five hours. The procedure may be inpatient or outpatient depending on the complexity.
A full tummy tuck involves two incisions. The first is made from hipbone to hipbone, usually under the bikini line. The second incision is at the navel. These incisions provide access to the underlying abdominal muscles, which have become weak and separated. These muscles are pulled together and stitched into place to create a firmer abdomen and narrower waist. The skin is then stretched downward over the newly tightened muscles, excess skin is trimmed, and the navel is reattached.
For patients who still have good muscle tone, a mini tummy tuck could be an option. In a mini tuck, only a single incision is made down around the pubic area. Muscles are not usually addressed in a mini tuck, just loose skin, which is pulled down and the excess trimmed off. A mini tummy tuck can also be good for older patients whose abdominal skin has simply become looser due to aging.
Recovery and results
Because it involves the underlying muscles, recovery from tummy tuck surgery isn’t easy. You will wear compression garments to keep the swelling down and to help your body conform to its new contours. Still, there will be pain and swelling for the first few days, followed by residual soreness for weeks, possible months. Recovery time ranges from a few weeks to a few months. Lifting objects and any strenuous activity will have to wait at least six weeks, and you’ll need to take up to one month off work.
Patients love the results of their tummy tuck procedures, as they again have the flat stomach of their youth. Results will last for decades, as long as the patient maintains a healthy weight and follows some sort of exercise routine.
Before And After tummy tuck results
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