After pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, patients may struggle to readjust to their new size. An abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” is a plastic surgery procedure used to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Tucson plastic surgeon, Dr. Eades, removes the extra, stretched skin from the stomach area and also flattens and tightens the stomach muscles. The remaining skin that was previously stretched from weight gain or pregnancy is reshaped and tightened for a firmer look.
An abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” is a plastic surgery body enhancement procedure used to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Tucson surgeon, Dr. Eades, removes the extra, stretched skin from the stomach area and also flattens and tightens the stomach muscles. The remaining skin that was previously stretched from weight gain or pregnancy is reshaped and tightened for a firmer look.
Many patients in the Vail and Green Valley areas opt for body shaping surgery after pregnancy. If you are considering a tummy tuck procedure, there are a few important things to consider:
Candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy individuals and nonsmokers. To be a candidate, you must also be within your ideal weight range. Those who have realistic goals in mind and an optimistic outlook will be more successful candidates.
Before the procedure, it is important the patient has a designated caregiver to assist them during recovery time. Caregivers should be able to drive patients home from the outpatient surgery center and provide assistance the first day after surgery. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a complete abdominoplasty performed in Tucson takes about three hours. A partial or lower abdominoplasty (Mini-Abdominoplasty) can be completed in one and a half to two hours.
After the procedure, patients will notice some swelling and bruising. Certain movements that utilize the abdominal muscles, like standing and sitting, may be difficult. During the initial consultation and again before patients leave for home after surgery, Dr. Edward Eades will provide post care instructions and explain what to expect during recovery. As always, he will guide patients through recovery time and post-op healing towards the tighter, firmer looking contour they desire.
You can expect to have some movement and exercise restrictions during the course of your recovery. During the first few weeks, you will be able to walk but should not do anything beyond that. After four weeks, you can add light cardio such as fast paced walking and cycling. You should wait about six to eight weeks before you go back to your normal exercises. Certain movements that target the abdominal such as crunches or weight lifting should continue to be avoided. Before you increase your exercise during recovery, make sure it has been okayed with your surgeon.
Over the course of your recovery, the results of your tummy tuck will become more noticeable. Initial swelling can distort your results, so be patient with the healing process. After proper recovery you can expect a flatter, more toned abdominal area. You can feel more confident showing your abdominal area and feel more comfortable in tight fitted clothes. To maintain your results, it is important to keep a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise.
A tummy tuck surgery, like most surgeries, is an important personal decision. To learn more about the procedure, or begin working towards results, patients should schedule a consultation. Patients in the Nogales and Vail areas can call Dr. Eades’ office. Dr. Eades, a Tucson surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, can help you make your decision and help you along your tummy tuck experience. For more information, visit our blog!