New Look This Spring: FAQ About Tummy Tuck
If you are looking for a new look this spring, a tummy tuck could be perfect for you. Also known as abdominoplasty, this surgery creates substantial results that are instantaneously noticeable. Although it is a popular and effective body contouring procedure, you may need to know more before scheduling an appointment. Here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions about a tummy tuck.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Address?
It is a cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the appearance of your lower stomach region. The surgery helps remove loose and excess skin. It also entails removing stubborn fat in your abdominal region.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck Consultation?
During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon provides a personalized and comprehensive consultation. It includes:
- Physical examination
- Your detailed medical history
- Taking before-and-after photographs
- Discuss your treatment options
At this stage, your doctor plans a tailor-made tummy tuck solution that addresses your goals and desires.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Procedure Entail?
The procedure addresses each patient’s unique goals and needs. However, it generally entails the excision of excess skin and tightening your abdominal muscles. In some instances, the surgery can incorporate liposuction (fat removal).
The incision used in the procedure is well-concealed low on your abdomen below your bikini line. It may take about two to four hours, depending on the extent of the work required and the technique your surgeon will use.
Full vs. Mini Tummy Tuck: What Is the Difference?
Both procedures entail excess skin removal and abdominal muscle tightening. However, a full tummy tuck typically entails rejuvenating the regions above and below your belly button. On the other hand, a mini-abdominoplasty focuses on the area below your belly button.
What Happens After the Surgery?
For the next four to six weeks, your surgeon will place you in a compression garment. It helps in reducing the swelling. For a few days, you may experience some manageable post-surgery discomfort and pain. Pain medications will help.
You may remain bent for a week to ten days after the procedure. It allows your skin to adapt and protects the incision. Afterward, you will be able to stand upright.
Are There Any Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
There is a minor risk of infection and bleeding, as with most surgeries. Board-certified surgeons ensure they take all precautionary measures to minimize this risk. Also, there is a minor risk of blood clots in the lungs and legs.
For this reason, your doctor places compression boots on your calves during the procedure. Your doctor might also administer a mild dose of a blood thinner. Enough ambulation and hydration are critical in alleviating the chance of blood clotting after the surgery.
How Long Does a Tummy Tuck Last?
If you maintain a stable and healthy weight, the results of a tummy tuck can last long. However, pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations may alter the tummy tuck result. Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight for the longest-lasting results.
For more on tummy tuck surgery, visit Dr. Jason K. Potter, MD, DDS, at our office in Dallas, Texas. You can also call 214-892-2474 today to book an appointment.