Diet and exercise cannot always eliminate problems with the waistline. For individuals with excess fat, loose skin, and flaccid muscles in the abdominal area, tummy tuck surgery can remedy these issues and create a flatter and tighter stomach. Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve the contour of the waistline and produce a more attractive body shape.

The Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Treated With Tummy Tuck Surgery

Abdominal Muscle Wall Separation

  • Excess weight gain and pregnancy can each cause the abdominal muscle wall to separate. This is called “diastasis recti” and may cause the abdomen to appear distended or look pregnant after eating a meal.
  • Tummy tuck surgery tightens the abdominal wall so that the muscles can properly engage.
  • After tightening the stomach wall, the abdomen will look flatter, firmer, and tighter.

Loose, Sagging Abdominal Skin

  • Pregnancy and weight gain both cause the skin of the abdomen to stretch. After weight loss or childbirth, the skin may not contract, and you may have loose, sagging abdominal skin.
  • Tummy tuck surgery trims away excess skin from the abdomen and pulls the remaining skin tightly over the waist.
  • The removal of excess skin through abdominoplasty creates a flatter and smoother abdomen.

Excess Abdominal Fat

  • Excess abdominal fat can accumulate with pregnancy, weight gain, or age. This is a difficult area to spot reduce, and the presence of surplus abdominal fat can put the body at greater risk of health concerns.
  • Tummy tuck surgery can incorporate liposuction to eliminate excess abdominal fat and unsightly bulges.
  • Eliminating excess fat through liposuction and tummy tuck surgery produces a smoother, flatter, and more attractive waistline.

Alleviating Your Concerns

Recovery from tummy tuck surgery calls for rest and limiting yourself to light activities. Patients should walk around often beginning early after surgery to improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming in the legs. Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur for up to a few weeks. Most patients can resume normal activities within two weeks. It may be necessary to wear a support garment for several weeks. Patients should avoid strenuous physical activities for six weeks after surgery.
Abdominoplasty requires a horizontal incision across the lower abdomen. This incision is concealed below the bikini line so that any scarring can be hidden by clothing. Scars after tummy tuck surgery are likely to fade as time passes. Patients can minimize scarring by avoiding direct sunlight and following Dr. Mesbahi’s postoperative recommendations for scar treatment and healing.
Patients are given general anesthesia so that they do not feel any pain during tummy tuck surgery. Any pain during recovery will be temporary, and medications can be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.
Candidates for abdominoplasty should be in good physical condition but have sagging abdominal skin, loose abdominal muscles, and excess abdominal fat. Qualifying candidates will also have realistic expectations and not smoke or be willing to quit for several months before and several months after the procedure. The tummy tuck procedure is especially suitable for patients who have diastasis recti and sagging abdominal skin following pregnancy or weight loss.
Abdominoplasty does not prevent women from having children. However, as pregnancy can reverse the results of abdominoplasty, it is recommended that patients avoid undergoing tummy tuck surgery until they have finished having children.
Tummy tuck surgery may last from one to four hours. The length of the procedure will vary depending on the patient’s needs and desired look.
The results from abdominoplasty will become more noticeable as bruising and swelling decrease over the weeks after surgery. It may take up to a full year for the body to adapt to its new abdominal configuration and for you to see the final striking improvements to your waist contour.
With a healthy diet and regular exercise, the results from abdominoplasty can be long lasting. Patients should avoid weight gain and pregnancy to maintain the best results.

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