Those individuals who desire a flatter, more contoured abdominal area often choose to undergo a tummy tuck procedure. During a tummy tuck, excess fat and skin is removed and core muscles are tightened, resulting in a beautiful, more aesthetically pleasing appearance in the midsection. During your pre-operative consultation, Dr. Barrett will spend time learning what you desire to achieve and will guide you through the benefits and risks, helping you to make the best decision for your unique situation.
Who is a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
This procedure is ideal for men and women as well as older, slightly obese individuals whose skin has lost elasticity over time. Individuals with pockets of excess fat or skin that has not responded well to traditional diet and exercise are also excellent candidates. Women with stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy are prime candidates for a tummy tuck. It is recommended that women wait until they are done having children to undergo a tummy tuck procedure as results can decrease should the patient decide to have more children. A significant amount of weight loss can also alter results, thus it is suggested that candidates forgo surgery until they have completed any significant weight loss program.
Tummy tucks take approximately 2-5 hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure may be done on an in-patient or outpatient basis, depending on the individual and the recommendation of Dr. Barrett.
Recovery After Tummy Tuck
Recovery time is approximately 2 weeks. Vigorous activities should be limited for at least six weeks. During your post-operative care, Dr. Barrett will provide specific instructions for your individual recovery. Following these instructions can help reduce post-surgery complications as well as speed up recovery time.
Tummy Tuck Results
Results of this procedure are visible immediately and can be long- lasting with a proper diet and regular exercise. A scar will be visible spanning the abdomen but will fade with time.
Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)
Partial abdominoplasty, or “mini tummy tuck”, is similar to the regular tummy tuck procedure, but is ideal for candidates who need only slight alterations to achieve their desired goals. A mini tummy tuck involves a shorter incision and skin is lifted to the navel rather than moving the naval as in a traditional tummy tuck. Dr. Barrett can discuss the differences between the two procedures as well as weigh their benefits to decide which procedure is right for you.
Contact us today to schedule a tummy tuck consultation and see if you can benefit from this popular procedure.