We all want a flat, well-toned abdomen. While many of us strive to achieve this through exercise and weight control, sometimes these methods cannot get us the results we are looking for. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. At NEWU Plastic Surgery, we are proud to help our patients achieve their desired results with an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
During a tummy tuck procedure, we flatten the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the muscles of abdominal wall. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Will a Tummy Tuck improve stretch marks?
While a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, they may be removed or improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
What are the side effects of a Tummy Tuck?
After a tummy tuck, patients can experience temporary pain, swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin and bruising. Patients may be tired several weeks or months.
Are there any risks involved with a Tummy Tuck?
Risks associated with a Tummy Tuck include blood clots, infection, bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. As with any cosmetic procedure, a second operation operation may be need to achieve desired results.
What kind of recovery can I expect after a Tummy Tuck?
Patients are usually able to return to work in about 2 to 4 weeks. You can resume more strenuous activity in 4 to 6 weeks or more. Patients can expect fading and flattening of scars in 3 months to 1 year.
How long will my results last?
The results of a tummy tuck procedure are permanent. Keep in mind that the positive outcome of a tummy tuck can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.