A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, but also repairs the loosened muscles that weight gain or pregnancy may have caused. Consult Christopher Jones MD PC in Indianapolis, Indiana to learn more about abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). This procedure can’t substitute for diet and exercise, however, they will make your result even better.
Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?
A person who has stubborn fat and loose skin around the abdomen is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Many who are of a normal weight may still find their bellies protrude or sag, despite their efforts to shrink it down. The protrusion is often a muscular separation in the midline that exercise cannot help. Your belly might benefit from a tummy tuck if you have excess skin or muscular separation and pockets of stubborn fat due to:
- Past pregnancies
- Abdominal surgery
- Extreme fluctuations in weight
What results should I expect?
Your surgery will bring a flatter and tauter look to your midsection. It will better match your weight, height, and body shape. A tummy tuck won’t get rid of stretch marks, unless they happen to be on the skin that’s removed. Know that in the first few days, weeks, and sometimes even months, following the procedure, swelling may prevent you from seeing the final result; however, even swollen, your abdomen will look dramatically better than it did before the operation.
What does the procedure entail?
General Anesthesia is used to put you to sleep. The surgeon makes an incision at the lowest part of your abdomen, just in front of your pubic bone. The extent of the incision depends on the patient’s desire for improvement just in front or around the sides of the hips or even around the back to gain a buttock lift. The muscular separation is repaired and then tightened, bringing the waistline in. After the extra skin and fat are removed, additional layers of sutures inside put the tissues back together, removing the need for drain tubes.
Is it permanent?
A tummy tuck is permanent, however, the body can undergo changes. Maintaining your weight, avoiding smoking, and a healthy lifestyle will improve the effects of your surgery over time.