As women age, have children, or gain and then lose weight around their midsections, it’s common for loose skin and flab to become a permanent part of their bodies. While improvements in diet or regimented exercise routines can help improve the fat layer in your abdomen, they cannot improve stretch marks, loose skin, and poor abdominal musculature due to pregnancy or significant weight gain. The stomach area is one of the hardest body parts to improve with better nutrition or increased activity levels.
What is a tummy tuck?
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the midsection, and also tightens the abdominal muscles. This creates a waistline that is smoother and firmer with improved musculature. The tummy tuck is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures available and continues to grow in popularity. It is popular due to the impressive results that can be achieved, and the fact that it is perhaps the only proven method for removing that unwanted flab and skin around the midsection.
How much time you need for tummy tuck recovery
Patients should allow for two to three weeks of initial recovery time to allow the body to rest and incisions to heal. After this time, some light activities may be resumed, and some patients may be able to return to work if their jobs do not require strenuous physical activities. After two months, the body should be fully recovered, and you should be able to resume almost all normal activities. A skilled plastic surgeon can best advise you on the expected recovery times for your procedure, as well as recommending the ideal after-care to improve recovery time.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your waistline due to sagging skin and poor musculature, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are relatively fit and are happy with the size and shape of their bodies. Those who anticipate undergoing significant weight loss should postpone a tummy tuck until after they reach their desired weight.
Women who are planning future pregnancies should also wait before undergoing a tummy tuck as a pregnancy may cause further sagging and muscle loosening. However, a tummy tuck will not interfere with the health and safety of a future pregnancy should you become pregnant again.
Do you think a tummy tuck might be right for you? Discuss your options with a plastic surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery. Also, check out our tummy tuck before and after gallery to get a better idea of what the results look like!