For many, one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone and trim is the midsection. Pregnancy, weight loss, or even genetics can create troublesome fatty tissue and loose skin around the midsection that leaves you feeling self-conscious. The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, can dramatically improve your appearance by reducing the appearance of a tummy bulge and creating a firm, flat midsection that exercise and diet have failed to achieve.
WHAT IS A TUMMY TUCK?
The tummy tuck procedure is performed to remove the excess skin and fatty tissue below the belly button and tighten the underlying abdominal wall muscles. This acts to reduce the waist circumference and results in a flat, lean-looking tummy.
Our surgeons make meticulous incisions at a depth which minimizes trauma, lowers the chance of complications and significantly improves the patients’ comfort during recovery. The incision is made along the lowest point of the abdomen and can easily be concealed by underwear or bikini bottoms.
Liposuction is often used in addition to further improve the contour of the abdomen and waist. Many patients also elect to have liposuction on the back and flank to maximize the aesthetic result.
The tummy tuck procedure is a very popular procedures for both women and men, as it delivers the most dramatic results. According to RealSelf, tummy tucks have a 96% “worth it” rating amongst community members.
SHOULD I GET A TUMMY TUCK?
The tummy tuck is one of the most popular plastic surgery options for women, and is becoming increasingly popular for men as well.
Many women choose to have a tummy tuck as part of their Mommy Makeover. Women who have recently delivered will discover that nine months of gestation can wreak havoc on their tummies. The muscles that line the abdominal wall are stretched to their limits during pregnancy, and after the baby is delivered, it can be extremely uncomfortable not to have strength and support in the midsection. A tummy tuck can help restore a firm, lean tummy.
Individuals who have recently lost a significant amount of weight and need reshaping of the abdominal region can also benefit greatly from a tummy tuck. Rapid weight loss of 50 pounds or more will almost always loosen the skin. A tummy tuck is ideal for removing this excess skin and sculpting the abdomen.
Keep in mind that a tummy tuck does reduce the circumference of the waist, but does not reduce the size of hips, flanks or thighs. When done alone, a tummy tuck can yield an unbalanced look. Adding liposuction to the procedure can improve the contour of each of these areas and produce a flattering and natural appearance.
The decision of whether or not to get a tummy tuck is ultimately up to you and your plastic surgeon. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Song or Dr. Dorfman, who will analyze your body, discuss your goals with you, and create and individualized plan to give you the results you’ve been dreaming of.
WHAT IS A “MINI” TUMMY TUCK?
If only the region below the naval needs correction, a “mini” tummy tuck can be performed, which uses a smaller incision and may require less recovery and down time. It should be noted that very few patients are candidates for this procedure, but those that are typically experience the comfort and recovery of a mini procedure with the results of a full tummy tuck.
TUMMY TUCKS FOR MEN
Men often struggle with excess skin and fat around their midsection regardless of diet or exercise. Male abdominoplasty can help create a flatter and firmer abdomen by removing the extra tissue in the lower abdomen, and by tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The incision is made horizontally and is kept below the underwear line so that it is easily concealed. Many patients also choose to have liposuction in addition to the tummy tuck procedure in order to maximize the aesthetic result.
Though it is an outpatient procedure, a tummy tuck is still a major surgery. It is important to take adequate time to rest and recuperate following the procedure. The recovery period after an abdominoplasty can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. After this period, most patients are able to resume their normal routine, with limited lifting and exertion. More strenuous physical activities must be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. Our surgeons will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your post-op incision sites.