Many people have excess fat and loose skin in their midsection that they can’t eliminate via normal diet and exercise. In these instances, a tummy tuck may be the best option. Abdominoplasty is designed to give individuals a sleeker, more defined abdomen by removing inches and pounds around the midsection.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
In general, candidates for tummy tuck surgery are individuals who wish to address the diet and exercise-resistant accumulation of fat and/or loose skin and muscles in the abdominal region. Despite these specific indications, it is important to be aware that abdominoplasty is not considered a weight loss procedure. In fact, ideal patients should be at – or very near – their desired weight, as well as in good overall health. Additionally, they should typically be through having children (as any future pregnancies may compromise the results), and they should have realistic expectations for the final outcome of their procedure.
Ultimately, tummy tuck surgery can be very beneficial for patients who just can’t seem to get rid of that extra bit of skin in the abdominal area, as well as women who are having trouble firming up the midsection after pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
During a tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Christopher Godek, our board-certified plastic surgeon at the Personal Enhancement Center, will remove excess, loose skin in the abdominal area and tighten the underlying muscles. The remaining skin is shifted down and pulled taut, resulting in a much flatter, firmer stomach. If applicable, some form of liposuction will also be utilized to eliminate stubborn fat pockets for a slimmer, more toned contour in and around the midsection. Conducted under general anesthesia, the abdominoplasty procedure takes approximately two hours to complete, though this may very based on the individual needs and aesthetic goals of the patient.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Following tummy tuck surgery, some temporary swelling and/or bruising may occur, but these symptoms should dissipate over time. Slight tenderness in the targeted area may also be experienced, and any discomfort can generally be managed with medication. The majority of individuals feel well enough to resume normal, non-strenuous daily activities after about one to two weeks; however, Dr. Godek instructs most patients to avoid heavy lifting and rigorous exercise that may strain the abdominal region for several weeks. Once all swelling has subsided, the final results of abdominoplasty should typically be apparent.
Contact Personal Enhancement Center
To learn more about the tummy tuck procedure, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options with Dr. Christopher Godek, contact our New Jersey Plastic Surgery practice today.