If you’re bothered by the appearance of loose skin on your abdomen, abdominoplasty, more commonly called a tummy tuck, can help you achieve a tighter, flatter stomach. If you’re considering what abdominoplasty can do for you, it’s likely that you have some questions about the procedure. Here, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee B. Daniel responds to some of his patients’ most frequently asked questions about abdominoplasty at his Eugene, Oregon practice.
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You may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck if you struggle with loose skin and belly fat that doesn’t seem to respond to diet or exercise. Many tummy tuck patients are also bothered by separated abdominal muscles, which commonly occur after pregnancy or significant weight gain. Excess tummy skin can also be a concern after weight loss for both men and women. The best tummy tuck candidates should be in good overall physical and mental health with realistic expectations about their results.
Abdominoplasty can be ideal for sculpting the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the musculature underneath. The ideal type of tummy tuck for you depends upon a variety of factors, such as your appearance goals and the amount of excess skin present. The best tummy tuck results come from customized procedures that are tailored to each patient, so three options are available from our practice:
In cases where patients also have stubborn deposits of excess fat around the abdomen, the addition of liposuction can provide additional fine-tuning.
Liposuction can be great for patients who want to remove stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond well to traditional exercise, such as the love handles. However, if you have loose skin in addition to excess fat, a tummy tuck may give you better body contouring results. Determining if liposuction alone can give you the desired results can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Although pregnancy is one of the most common reasons that women find themselves left with stretched-out tummy skin, both men and women can see positive benefits from abdominoplasty, including women who haven’t had children. Some patients have undergone massive weight loss that left behind excess abdominal skin, and a post-weight loss tummy tuck can help complete the transformation that you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Every effort is made to place incisions in the most discreet locations possible and to keep incision size to a minimum. However, as with any surgery, some scarring is inevitable. Typically, a tummy tuck scar is placed low on the abdomen, where it can be easily hidden by everyday clothing or even swimwear. Most patients feel that their results are well worth the trade-off.
You should notice a change in your abdominal tightness immediately following your surgery, although standing up straight may be difficult at first. As the swelling lessens over the next few weeks, you should be able to stand more comfortably and start to see a flatter belly. Wearing a compression garment following surgery can help support your midsection, reduce swelling and keep you comfortable. Your final results will continue to develop more fully over the next several months. After a tummy tuck, you should notice that the absence of excess skin and tissue makes it easier to find clothes that fit, and feel more confident with your slimmer, firmer midsection.