When diet and exercise fail to deliver the flat belly and shapely contours you expect, a tummy tuck may be able to solve your problem. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is not a weight loss tool, but it can complete your weight loss efforts, by removing unresponsive fat and excess skin, and tightening muscles that are too stretched to tighten back into a smooth shape. Gawley Plastic Surgery doctors are experts in body contouring and have created the four-dimensional tummy tuck for full abdominal rejuvenation.
Benefits of the Tummy Tuck Procedure
Weight loss and pregnancy can leave you with loose skin and stretched muscles. Too much loose skin or poor elasticity can prevent you from achieving your desired shape and enjoying the benefits of weight loss. Muscles can become so stretched that no amount of exercise will return them to firmness. Some areas of fat simply do not respond, no matter how healthy your lifestyle.
Abdominoplasty is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, but it can correct the problems which are beyond your control by:
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- Removing stubborn pockets of fat
- Removing excess skin
- Tightening muscles
Results of a tummy tuck include:
- Shapely abdomen
- Defined waist
- Flattened belly
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Tummy Tuck Candidates
A tummy tuck is major surgery that is not for everyone. Good candidates, however, can experience dramatic results and a huge boost in self-esteem. The best candidates typically fall into one or more of three categories:
- Women who have had multiple pregnancies
- People who have lost massive amounts of weight
- Those who have lost elasticity of the skin and/or muscles due to age
Tummy tuck is a very popular part of the Mommy Makeover Procedure. During pregnancy, the uterus expands and can stretch the abdominal wall to the point that exercise will not return it to its original shape. This is even more common in women who have had multiple pregnancies.
After massive weight loss, many people are disappointed with the results because excess skin and stretched muscles do not go into shape. A tummy tuck can help complete your hard work and give you the beautiful figure you expected and deserve.
The best candidates are in good overall health, have strong abdominal muscles, and have had a stable weight for at least one year.
Tummy Tuck Frequently Asked Questions
Do you lose weight after a tummy tuck?
Undergoing the tummy tuck procedure may lead to long-lasting and significant weight loss. This long-term weight loss with a tummy tuck is associated with the removal of excess skin, making working out more encouraging and comfortable. A study showed that patients who had a BMI of 24.5 or greater before undergoing tummy tuck maintained long term weight loss. Sustained weight loss is also noted in patients who had a greater amount of excess abdominal tissue removed during their procedure. The removal of fat cells may lead to reduced hormonal levels which affect appetite and are secreted by the fatty tissues.
How long does it take to recover from a tummy tuck?
Your recovery from the tummy tuck procedure varies depending on the extent of your procedure as well as your body’s healing ability. A modified tummy tuck offers a shorter recovery. If you underwent a full tummy tuck in combination with liposuction, you will be able to resume sedentary work in 2 weeks and you can begin exercising in about 3 to 4 weeks. It takes this long since your abdominal muscles are tightened during the tummy tuck and most patients will remain stooped over for about 7 days and returning to normal activities would not be possible. Your body is also utilizing a significant amount of energy to heal and you may take more time to return to your normal preoperative activities without feeling tired. As with every surgical procedure, you must discuss your options and recovery time period with your surgeon. It is important to allocate the required recovery time to allow your body to heal well and to be able to enjoy the intended results.
If you are considering a tummy tuck in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact the office Gawley Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation. In the meantime, you can learn more by reading our Frequently Asked Abdominoplasty Questions.
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