Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

tanned slender woman in denim shorts with toned stomach with abs Significant weight loss can leave you with loose skin and separated abdominal muscles, especially after giving birth. A tummy tuck, known medically as an abdominoplasty, can restore your waistline as well as your confidence after you suddenly lose weight. This procedure not only removes excess skin and fat but also tightens your abdominal muscles.

A tummy tuck involves multiple procedures based primarily on the extent of the tissue removal. The general categories include a mini, full, and extended tummy tuck, which may also involve tissue removal from other areas in addition to your abdomen.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are those with loose skin, stretched abdominal muscles, and abdominal fat that resist diet and exercise. These symptoms are a typical result of pregnancy, but they can also occur from other types of sudden weight loss. Patients should already be close to their ideal weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.

How Do You Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?

Like any surgery, a tummy tuck requires preparation. For example, you should abstain from smoking for at least several weeks before the procedure. You also need to avoid certain medications, as your surgeon has advised. In addition, you’ll need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days after the surgery.

How Do You Recover From a Tummy Tuck?

A complete recovery from a tummy tuck can take up to six weeks. For the first week, you’ll experience some discomfort, which you can manage with medication. You may also have drains in place to remove excess fluid during this period. In addition, you’ll need to wear compression garments continuously for the first two weeks to reduce swelling. You should do light walking during this period to promote good circulation. Most patients can return to work and light daily activities after the second week, followed by a gradual increase in exercise intensity.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Salzman to learn more about whether a tummy tuck is right for you. You can reach us by calling (502) 425-5200 or completing our online form. Dr. Salzman is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing for over 30 years. He has offices in Louisville, KY, and Sarasota, FL.

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