How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?
There’s no shame in having a tummy tuck to get into the shape you want. Men and women who’ve had significant weight loss may get frustrated with those last few pounds of fat that refuse to melt away. Women are often unhappy with how their abdominal muscles have weakened and skin has stretched beyond easily bouncing back after pregnancy. An abdominoplasty tightens the abdominal wall muscles and loose skin for a flatter, attractive stomach. Your clothes will fit better, your profile will be more pleasing, and your self-confidence will soar.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Men and women alike come to LPS for help flattening their stomach and ridding themselves of stubborn belly fat. The best candidates are in relatively good health and desire a flatter stomach they can’t achieve through diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty can also help those who’ve lost significant weight and have lax skin that won’t tighten on its own. Women who are planning for more children are advised to wait until their family is complete before considering a tummy tuck.
What is the Procedure and Recovery Like?
Your procedure is performed by one of LPS’s board-certified and skilled physicians. Your medical condition will determine whether general anesthesia or local anesthesia with oral sedatives is safer for you. The procedure takes between 2-5 hours for a complete abdominoplasty, or 1-2 hours for a mini abdominoplasty, where the belly button is left in place. The extent of your tummy tuck determines your length of stay in the hospital, which can be a few hours to 2-3 days. You will have some swelling, but any discomfort is controlled with pain medication.
Those with a noticeable belly bulge will immediately see a flatter profile even through the swelling and bandages. As the swelling subsides over the next few weeks, your new physique becomes more readily apparent. Most people require 2-4 weeks of recuperation. Following all post-op instructions consistently will help speed your recovery and reduce the chance of complications. It may take upwards of 1 year for scars to flatten and lighten.