What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while also tightening the existing skin and muscle. This procedure comes in many forms, such as:
- A mini tummy tuck, for smaller and mainly lower abdominal problems
- A formal abdominoplasty, in which a larger amount of skin is removed from the abdomen and the abdominal muscles are tightened
- A circumferential abdominoplasty, in which skin and fat are removed from both the stomach and the back and the abdominal muscles are tightened
- A wedge resection abdominoplasty, where the normal abdominoplasty is carried out with removal of a wedge of skin and fat in a vertical direction, normally seen in marked weight loss patients
Thankfully, you don’t need to memorize all these terms. You’ll work with an experienced surgeon and surgical team who will examine your condition and determine which procedure is best for you.
How Will Recovery Play Out?
Recovery from a tummy tuck is fairly straightforward. You’ll spend a few days of rest with intermittent walking, and then you can return to light exercise. After three weeks, you’ll be able to resume most of your regular activities. You will wear an abdominal binder for six weeks. Drains are usually not needed for this procedure.
Have your friends and loved ones encouraged you to simply exercise more and watch your diet? This is good advice, but diet and exercise will not eliminate loose skin or restructure and tighten your muscles. A tummy tuck isn’t a back-up plan if a diet doesn’t work; to the contrary, it’s the way to restore your abdominal skin and muscle tone. Give us a call today at 972-566-6988 to learn more.