Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
If diet and exercise haven’t delivered the flattened mid section you desire, you may be a candidate for abdominoplasty, commonly called a “tummy tuck.” Weight fluctuations, pregnancy or just plain heredity can lead to a persistent pouch. No matter the cause, your muscles in the abdomen have become stretched out and weakened and they have begun to sag and loosen.
When Should I Get A Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty surgery will eliminate the sagging and create a tight, flat midsection with a slimmer, more flattering waistline. If your tummy bulge is below the navel, a less complex procedure called a mini-tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty may do the job. For an even better contour, tummy tucks may be combined with liposuction of the hips, waist, thighs or back. If you are planning future pregnancies, it may be best to delay your abdominoplasty, as the vertical muscles in the abdomen that are fused during the surgery will tend to separate again during pregnancy.
What To Expect During Surgery:
- During an abdominoplasty, Dr. Lorenc removes the skin and fat from the middle and lower tummy and tightens the abdominal wall muscles.
- The procedure entails making an incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area and below the bikini line. Even for those women (or men) who won’t even think about wearing a bikini, the smallest possible scare is always appreciated.
- A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Your skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs, and a flap of skin is lifted to reveal the vertical muscles in your belly.
- Dr. Lorenc then tightens the underlying muscles by pulling them close together and stitching them into a new position. The loosened skin flap is then stretched down and excess skin is removed. Sometimes a new opening is made to reposition the belly button in just the right location.
- Dr. Lorenc closes the incisions with absorbable sutures and places a firm elastic dressing over the abdominal area.
What To Do After Surgery:
After a few days, the dressing will be replaced with an elastic abdominal supporter, then a light support garment that you will wear for two to three weeks.
Recovery After Abdominoplasty:
- Immediately following surgery, bed rest is mandatory with legs bent at the hips to reduce the strain on the tender tummy area.
- You may be up and around in a few days, but avoid straining for three or four weeks. At first, you may not be able to stand up straight without feeling a tugging sensation, but you should start walking as soon as possible. Most people can return to work after two weeks, but three is better if you can swing it.
- Bruising is minimal, but swelling may take several weeks to settle down. In fact, your stomach will be numb, hard and lumpy for a few months.
- Vigorous exercise should be avoided until you can do it comfortably, in four to six weeks.
- It will take up to a year before your scars flatten, soften and fade out.