Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a “tummy tuck” is a highly desireable option for both men and women who struggle with sagging belly skin and stubborn fat deposits. A tummy tuck can help patients improve abdominal shape, making it appear flatter and firmer with improved muscle tone. This procedure is popular amongst those patients whose bodies have undergone dramatic weight changes from weight loss or pregnancy.
Patients with Loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button will greatly benefit from a mini tummy tuck. The incision is placed below the bikini line and through this opening, lower abdominal muscles can be tightened and excess skin can be removed.
Patients with roundness or excess skin folds will benefit from a traditional tummy tuck. An incision is made above the bikini line and from hip bone to hip bone.
How to tell if you will benefit from a Tummy Tuck procedure:
Many women notice changes in their bodies post-pregnancy. The mommy makeover typically addresses other areas of the body, such as the breasts.
Many patients report a boost in self-esteem after their procedure, as swimsuits and fitted clothing look better. The improvement of stretch marks is also significant in patients
For those patients who have significant laxity in abdominal muscles following multiple pregnancies, a tighter and flatter abdomen will greatly improve their body shape
Soreness and tightness in the treated areas is normal and to be expected. Initially you must ease into an upright position. Afterwards, you will be encouraged to move and walk following your surgery to maintain healthy circulation. You may also have drains temporarily placed in the incisions. It is important to follow the aftercare advice as given to you by the clinic. Compression garments should be worn around the clock to reduce swelling and brusing and to help your body adapt to its new shape.
Patients with desk jobs may return to work 7 – 10 days after their procedure, but this will vary from person to person. If your job requires strenuous tasks, then you will need to avoid going to work for up to 1 month.
Scars will continue to refine & will vary amongst patients depending on their natural healing process & location of incisions. Scars are generally refined to fine incision lines one year after surgery.
Tightness and stiffness, bruising, swelling and redness are normal experiences as the skin, tissues and sensory nerves heal. Pain medication and muscle relaxants will help you cope with any discomfort.
Dr. Khan will go through any questions or concerns you may have about your procedure. He will also go through associated risks. During your in depth consultation, you will have the ability to see what your tummy tuck procedure results will look like with an advanced system called the Crisalix 3D Imaging software. The 3D image is created with a specialized camera. *There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
You must not smoke. Smoking can greatly impair your safety prior to surgery and your ability to heal following surgery.
Light activity can be resumed after 3 weeks, however any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise may be resumed after 6 weeks of your procedure.
As the tummy tuck procedure tends to be popular amongst mothers with babies and younger children, it is recommended that you have full time help after your procedure. You will be unable to lift anything as this may strain your incision sites and can affect your results.
Typically patients notice an immediate difference however results will continue to improve as swelling subsides.
The procedure is intended to last many years. However, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet in order to avoid future weight gain, and to not have any future pregnancies.
*There is no guarantee of specific outcomes so individual results and experiences can vary from person to person.
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