Whether it’s after pregnancy, a dramatic weight loss, or to restore changes with age, the tummy tuck can be a life changing procedure to tone your abdomen. Before you opt for the procedure, there are some things you’ll want to know to make sure you’re fully prepared. Here’s your guide to the complete tummy tuck process:
Before choosing the procedure
Before you schedule your tummy tuck procedure, you’ll want to do your research. Make sure the tummy tuck is the right procedure for you and your concerns. The tummy tuck is beneficial for those who want to remove excess skin and tighten the tissue in the abdomen and can be combined with other procedures for optimal results and full-body recontouring. The tummy tuck is NOT a weight loss procedure and should only be performed once you are within your ideal weight range.
Finding the right surgeon
Once you’ve decided the procedure is right for you, it’s time to pick a board-certified plastic surgeon for your procedure! Don’t just go with who has the best price. You’ll want to check their credentials, experience, and what techniques they use. You should also view their tummy tuck gallery to see their work and get a better idea of what the tummy tuck can do for you.
The next step is to schedule your consultation. Your surgeon will go over the procedure in more detail and ensure you are a candidate. Make sure you arrive with any questions or concerns you have. If you feel completely comfortable with your surgeon and the procedure, it’s time to schedule your surgery!
The day of your procedure
Your tummy tuck procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, so you won’t need to worry about any discomfort during the process. During surgery, an incision will be made in the pelvic area where it can be easily concealed by clothing or a bikini. The abdominal tissue will then be tightened and the belly button will be repositioned. Any excess skin will be removed and your incision will be closed and bandaged.
After your procedure
Like with any surgical procedure, you’ll need to be prepared for some downtime and recovery to heal properly. This involves about a week off work and some movement and exercise restrictions for several more weeks. You will also be instructed to wear a compression garment for several weeks to ensure healing, and a drain may be placed to eliminate excess fluids. Gawley Plastic Surgery provides patients with detailed recovery instructions at the time of their consultation so they can be fully prepared.
If you’re looking for a board certified surgeon in the Scottsdale, AZ area, you might consider Dr. Gawley or Dr. Mahabir. Both Dr. Gawley and Dr. Mahabir are highly experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery with extensive experience performing the tummy tuck procedure. To learn more about the procedure, contact our office and schedule your consultation.