True to its name, the tummy tuck is a surgical correction designed to give your stomach a flat and toned appearance. The procedure, officially termed an abdominoplasty, eliminates loose fat and skin surrounding your middle and lower abdominal region while tightening the abdominal muscles . This means a sleeker, sexier physique in almost no time at all. That’s right, a tummy tuck with Aesthetics US can be completed in only 2-5 hours. It is a major surgery though, so set aside several weeks for recovery.
The operation’s scope varies greatly depending upon the patient’s needs and goals. Different problems will require different tummy tuck techniques, but they’re typically done as outpatient procedures. Thankfully, results are permanent, but do require post-op weight retention in order to fully maintain. While the tummy tuck is considered a safe, low-risk endeavor, Aesthetics will still be there to guide you every step of the way. Just call (320) 347-1515 to book a free, no-obligation consultation at our office in New London, MN.
Am I A Candidate?
The primary reason for pursuing a tummy tuck lies in reducing or eliminating the presence of the following:
- Excess, sagging skin leftover from a period of substantial weight loss.
- Large stretch marks from pregnancy.
- Scars from past surgeries including Caesarian sections and appendectomies.
- Unattractive stomach fat that’s difficult to target through conventional exercise.
About The Procedure
The most common type of abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Sult is the ‘Avelar Tummy Tuck’. First, the patient is injected with tumescent anesthesia to reduce bruising and bleeding. A U-shaped incision is then made just above the pubic area—so as to be hidden by undergarments—to allow for extraction of excess skin on the stomach. Liposuction is utilized to further refine the abdominal area.Aesthetics also offers a high lateral tension abdominoplasty for those who suffer from excess mid-line skin due to pregnancy or significant weight loss. When closing the initial incision, extra tension is placed on the outer ends of it. In turn, the outer thighs and hips are given a lift, resulting in a more fully contoured midsection.
These techniques are not chosen for their specific results, but in accordance with the specific anatomy and needs of the patient. To this end, Dr. Sult may prescribe a combination of methods in order to safely and effectively administer a tummy tuck.
Depending on the procedure, you’ll be advised to rest from one to four weeks. Pain and discomfort are common for many weeks afterward. Heavy lifting and excessive movement should be avoided during recovery to minimize swelling and bruising. Because of this, you should plan a leave of absence from work for at least a fraction of this time. Nicotine should also be expelled from your daily routine to avoid exasperating existing problems. While a gentle return to activities can be expected after one month, it will take 3-6 months to fully recover. Scar care is especially important during this period to reduce future visibility.
The removal of excess skin during a tummy tuck will be immediately noticeable post-op. Swelling, however, is common for the first several weeks after surgery.(Additionally, swelling and a fullness in the stomach can persist for months, in which case a massage or compression garment may be recommended). Aesthetics provides and strongly recommends being in a garment for six weeks post surgery. Most patients are able to show off their newly flattened and firmed midsection within 2-3 months. Barring extraordinary weight gain, the tummy tuck is generally a one-off procedure, so you’ll be reaping the benefits of a tight abdomen many years down the line.