Whether performed in conjunction with another procedure or done on its own, a tummy tuck at our Idaho practice provides dramatic and satisfying results for our patients. This surgical procedure, called “abdominoplasty” in medical terms, is highly effective at smoothing skin and removing fatty bulges to reshape the lower abdomen.
However, when men and women come in for consultation at Freeman Plastic Surgery, they often don’t know much about abdominoplasty and ask a lot of great questions. Let’s look at some tummy tuck basics so you can determine if it might be right for you.
A tummy tuck can quickly resolve issues that years of exercise and diet cannot. Patients are often surprised to learn that some areas of fat and loose skin simply will not disappear despite disciplined diet and an active lifestyle. The reasons for this can include the skin’s lack of elasticity or compromised abdominal muscles. Many people are relieved to learn that abdominoplasty is a safe and effective procedure that can quickly change their look with long-lasting results.
A tummy tuck can correct underlying muscle issues that make the abdomen protrude. During pregnancy a woman’s rectus abdominis, also known as the six-pack muscles, stretch apart. A condition called diastasis recti occurs when the muscles do not return to their original position. This condition is especially common for women who have had multiple pregnancies. Men and women who have lost a lot of weight can experience diastasis recti as well. Abdominoplasty techniques effectively lace the muscles back together to create a visibly slimmer waistline.
Abdominoplasty is a highly customizable procedure. Not all tummy tucks are the same, and variations such as a mini tummy tuck can often provide the results you desire. Additionally, some people combine their tummy tuck with liposuction for more comprehensive body rejuvenation. A skilled and board-certified surgeon can offer options for you to consider.
Tummy tucks do not eliminate the need for a healthy diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure, and you should be within your desired weight range before undergoing the surgery. We encourage our patients to think of results in terms of inches, not pounds, and recommend you maintain a healthy lifestyle post-surgery.
You’ll need some help at home when recovery from abdominoplasty. In the first few days after surgery, you won’t be able to walk upright or do any lifting, including picking up small children. It’s therefore important to have help during the first few days at home. Other easy tips, such as stocking up on pre-cooked meals, can make recovery easier. You can expect to move around comfortably by the end of the second week, with full physical recovery typically occurring after a few months.
Abdominoplasty can be truly transformative, and I encourage you to visit our gallery of before and after photos to get a better idea of your potential with a tummy tuck.