Posted on: 23 February 2023Share
A tummy tuck is a type of body contouring surgery that sculpts the area around your abdomen. You may want this surgery after a pregnancy or when you've lost a lot of weight and your abdomen has loose skin or is bulging. Here's a quick overview of what to expect with the tummy tuck procedure.
A Tummy Tuck Tightens Muscles
This surgery can help when you have a protruding abdominal area due to stretched muscles. This gives your abdomen a flat, tight look. A flatter stomach area allows clothing to fit better and improves your shape in a bathing suit. It's possible to tighten your abdomen because the surgeon can repair muscles and pull them tighter to uplift and pull your abdomen in.
A Tummy Tuck Removes Loose Skin
Loose skin affects the way your abdomen looks too. During the surgery, your doctor can remove excess skin and pull the remaining skin tight to give your abdomen a more sculpted shape. You may not be able to tighten loose skin otherwise since exercise and diet often aren't enough to get your abdomen flat and tight.
A Tummy Tuck Can Be Done A Few Ways
Your surgeon can select the type of surgical procedure that gives you the results you want considering how much loose skin you have. A full procedure requires a longer incision near your pubic hair and an incision near your belly button so skin can be moved around freely.
A mini procedure doesn't require an incision near your belly button, and the incision near your pubic hair is smaller. The mini surgery is a good option if you don't have a lot of loose skin.
A circumferential tummy tuck allows the surgeon to work on your back at the same so the entire area is sculpted. Also, you may want a tummy tuck along with other types of cosmetic surgery to have a mommy makeover that reshapes other parts of your body too.
Recovery Might Take Weeks
You'll probably need general anesthesia for a tummy tuck and a full recovery could take several weeks. You may need to take time off from work for around a month or so. Your doctor monitors how well you recover and lets you know the exact timing of when you can return to work and pick back up with strenuous exercises and activities. If you have a sedentary job, you may go back to work sooner than if you do heavy lifting.
A tummy tuck provides long-lasting results as long as you maintain your weight. If you gain a lot of weight again, you'll put some back on around your abdomen, so commit to a routine that includes healthy eating and exercise so you can maintain your contoured look for a long time.
Contact your doctor to learn more about tummy tucks.