A tummy tuck is a procedure to remove excess stomach fat and skin, while also tightening abdominal muscles. It treats the mid and lower abdominal regions to reduce stomach protrusion. This helps patients achieve a flatter, firmer midsection and a healthier, more youthful appearance.
Tummy tucks are popular for both men and women, especially those who have undergone dramatic change due to weight loss or pregnancy.
Before and After a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck is a good option for someone who has:
- Already lost weight through dieting and exercising, but whose abdomen still protrudes and lacks tone
- Stretched or sagging abdominal muscles due to pregnancy
- Lost a significant amount of weight and has loose, excess skin around their belly
- Always had a belly that protrudes more than it ought to, despite being in good shape
After a tummy tuck, patients can expect skin folds, stretch marks, loose skin, and excess fat to be greatly reduced.
Post-operative recovery times will vary depending on the complexity of your procedure, though it will likely be longer than other cosmetic surgery procedures because a tummy tuck involves surgery on abdominal muscles. It is crucial to follow the advice your surgeon gives you to ensure optimal results.
A tummy tuck can be a life-changing experience. To guarantee the best outcome, work with a certified, experienced surgeon who can expertly discuss your options and help you determine what will be best for you. Since 1994, Dr. Sleightholm has delivered consistently positive results to satisfied clients.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tummy Tucks
The exact details of tummy tucks vary depending on their complexity. Dr. Sleightholm will review all necessary details relating to your specific procedure with you in advance to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
In general, Dr. Sleightholm will start the operation by making an incision above the pubic hairline. This area is typically hidden, as it is covered by underwear, swimming shorts, and bikini bottoms. The skin is then lifted and the abdominal wall tightened. Finally, Dr. Sleightholm will remove excess fat or skin to tighten your midsection.
The incision above the pubic hairline will leave a thin scar. Scars normally fade within a year after the procedure, however they will never disappear completely.
Patients receive tummy tucks while under general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel moderate pain, which can be controlled with medication.
There are certain risks associated with tummy tucks, however they are rare. If you have concerns, contact Dr. Sleightholm to discuss them.
Procedure-related risks may include:
- Skin Sensation Loss: Patients commonly have areas of partial or complete skin numbness around their abdomen. It may take several months for full sensation to return.
- Fluid Accumulation: Though it is a rare occurrence, tissue fluids may collect under the skin. Should this happen, contact Brampton Cosmetic promptly. Dr. Sleightholm will remove the fluid with a needle two to three times a week. He will do so for a period of up to three weeks until the problem is resolved.
- Skin Loss: Skin loss can result from an infection or excessive tension, though this occurs very rarely. The incision will still heal, but the process will be slower.
Tummy tuck patients should expect to spend a few days relaxing at home after the surgery, but they should be able to work two weeks after the procedure, provided their job does not require lifting or straining. Patients are up and moving around the next day. They can usually resume more physically strenuous activity after about after six weeks.