What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck is sometimes called abdominoplasty and has the goal of removing excess fat and skin and restoring the stomach to a flat and contoured appearance. Along with this, it can repair the abdominal muscles that become stretched and loose during weight gain or pregnancy. In some cases, it can remove stretch marks if they are within the area of skin excised during surgery. All of this makes the tummy tuck a valuable body contouring option that can be customized to your unique goals and circumstances.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Patients who benefit most from a tummy tuck have excess skin and fat in the abdomen because of factors like aging, genetics, pregnancy, or weight loss. It’s important to be in good overall health for this surgery, meaning you’ve fully recovered from pregnancy and are maintaining a stable weight. It’s commonly recommended that you be at or near your ideal weight before opting for a tummy tuck, since the tummy tuck should not be considered a weight loss surgery. Rather, it can help flatten stubborn pockets of fat and loose skin for a flat, contoured stomach.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
Although some different types of tummy tuck exist, the techniques are mostly the same. A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia at our in-house, certified facility. It begins with a predetermined incision in the lower abdomen that is carefully placed so that you can easily cover it with clothing and swimwear later on. Then, Dr. Diktaban will lift the skin of the abdomen to gain access to the underlying muscles and tighten them with specialized sutures. Commonly, liposuction is performed on the surrounding areas to further contour your figure and remove stubborn fat. Then, the skin is pulled downward and any excess is trimmed away. Finally, the incisions are closed and made ready for your recovery.
Results and Recovery
During your tummy tuck recovery, it’s important to wear a specialized compression garment to control swelling and help your skin adhere to the new contours. You may also be fitted with drains that you’ll need to manage for the first few days. Dr. Diktaban will prescribe medications to reduce swelling and discomfort, so be sure to take these according to instructions. It’s extremely important to rest and avoid strenuous activity in the weeks following your surgery, so you should make sure to arrange for help with regular tasks within the first few days. You can expect to take at least one week away from work, with several weeks away from your exercise regimen. Your results will continue to refine as swelling goes down, and most patients see their final results within six months. If you plan to be beach-ready within a certain timeframe, then you should plan your surgery accordingly.
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Schedule a Consultation
A tummy tuck is an excellent way to improve your figure after weight loss or pregnancy. To learn more about your options and how Dr. Diktaban can help, contact our Manhattan office by calling or filling out our online form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the medical benefits of a tummy tuck?
Although a tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure, there are some known medical benefits. Especially in postpartum women, a tummy tuck can repair stretched abdominal muscles that contribute to symptoms like incontinence or back pain. This makes the tummy tuck a great asset to mommy makeover candidates.
Can I get pregnant after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck will not impact your ability to get pregnant. However, getting pregnant after your tummy tuck can negatively affect your results and you may require another procedure. For this reason, it’s recommended that you be finished having children before you opt for this surgery.
Does a tummy tuck treat stretch marks?
A tummy tuck does not directly address stretch marks. However, if you have stretch marks in the lower abdomen where loose skin might be excised during the procedure, they will be removed. Dr. Diktaban can recommend your best options for stretch marks during your consultation.