People desire plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. Tummy tuck surgery is often performed after weight loss surgery or pregnancy. This procedure removes loose skin and reshapes the contours and muscles of the stomach. A tummy tuck can help alleviate or remove the appearance of stretch marks on the stomach, as well as tighten the muscles on the abdominal wall for a smoother contour. After abdominoplasty surgery, tummy tuck maintenance is also something Dr. Hardaway will review you.
There’s no precise number of inches or sizes you lose after a tummy tuck. As much skin that can be safely removed to achieve your desired shape is removed. A tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, and should not be used as a shortcut for weight loss. It is often wanted after dramatic weight loss to remove loose skin and help with body contouring. A tummy tuck repairs the stretching of the muscles and tissue that occurs with pregnancy. When a tummy tuck is combined with breast surgery, it is known as a mommy makeover. There is no precise age to get a tummy tuck. If you have lost a significant amount of weight or plan to lose weight, it is best to wait until you are close to your goal weight for the procedure. As well, if you are planning on getting pregnant, it’s best to wait until you are finished having children to get the procedure.
You should visit a board certified plastic surgeon for the procedure. For best and fastest results, make sure to follow proper aftercare instruction from your plastic surgeon after the surgery which will help with you tummy tuck maintenance. Results from the procedure are visible immediately after surgery, though the full healing process will take longer. You will likely need to take at least 3 weeks off of work to fully heal. Oral pain medication is required after a tummy tuck. This is often supplemented with a local anesthetic such as Exparel which can last up to three days. After one week post-op, narcotic pain medication should not be required and anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin should be sufficient.
The healing process varies from patient to patient, and depends on the expanse of the surgery. You can shower when cleared by the doctor, usually about 48 hours after the drains are removed. You will need to sleep on an incline the first few days after surgery, and you will not be able to drive a few weeks after surgery. Do not exercise until cleared by the doctor, usually about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Tummy tuck maintenance follow up appointments will help make sure you are healing properly.
Tummy tuck results will last for many years if they are properly maintained. Weight gain and body changes can affect the results of a tummy tuck, and stomach fat can come back again. In general, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise routine to maintain results for as long as possible.