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Most people dream of having a flatter midsection, but it can be difficult to make this dream come true if you have loose, saggy skin or stretch marks that cannot be fixed with diet or exercise. Fortunately, a tummy tuck procedure can solve these problems and help you achieve the flat abdomen you’ve always dreamed of having.
Contact Wellesley Cosmetic Surgery today to learn whether a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the right choice for you.
What is A Tummy Tuck Procedure?
If you are interested in this procedure, you may want to know how a tummy tuck is done, so you know how to prepare and what to expect. The surgeon will begin by making incisions in the abdomen and loosening the skin in your midsection. The surgeon will apply sutures to the fascia of the ab muscles in order to tighten them and give your stomach a flatter appearance. Next, the surgeon will remove excess fat if needed. Once the surgeon has taken out excess fat, they will stretch the skin over the incision marks and remove excess skin. The final steps of the procedure involve repositioning the navel and closing the incisions with stitches.
Where Are Tummy Tuck Scars?
Patients are often curious as to where the incisions will be made during the tummy tuck. If you are undergoing a full tummy tuck, the surgeon will make the incision from one hipbone to the other. These scars will not be visible when you are wearing a bikini. It’s possible that the surgeon will need to make an additional incision near the belly button. If you are undergoing a mini tummy tuck, the incision will be made more towards your pubic area, and no incision around the naval will be needed.
Who Should Get A Tummy Tuck?
Many moms get tummy tucks after a baby to hide stretch marks and loose skin caused by pregnancy and childbirth. Women may also want a tummy tuck to remove scar tissue created by a C-section. However, these are not the other people who should consider getting a tummy tuck. People who have experienced a significant amount of weight loss also frequently get this surgery. Basically, anyone who has stretch marks, a flabby abdomen, or loose skin in his or her midsection should consult with a plastic surgeon about a tummy tuck.
What is the Recovery Time For Tummy Tucks?
How long will it take to recover from a tummy tuck? Recovery times may vary, but most patients will not fully recover for about six months.
Patients tend to experience the most pain in the first week following the procedure. It’s normal to experience back pain along with pain in the abdomen. During this time, it’s best to have someone at home with you who can help you get around. Patients are encouraged to walk around in the days following the procedure to prevent blood clots and reduce swelling. But, patients should never attempt more intense forms of exercise this early on in the recovery process.
You should expect to miss about two weeks of work during your recovery. You should not return to work or resume any of your normal activities without first consulting with your plastic surgeon, who will be carefully monitoring your progress. Patients can ensure a smooth recovery by following all of the doctor’s advice.
How Much Does A Tummy Tuck Cost?
The first question that patients often ask is “What does a tummy tuck cost?” The price of this procedure will vary depending on a number of factors, including the plastic surgeon’s experience and the technique used. This question should be addressed during your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon.
Are Tummy Tucks Safe?
There is some level of risk involved with every type of surgical procedure, including tummy tucks. Some of the potential complications that may arise include scarring, changes in sensation, allergic reactions, infections, and results that do not live up to the patient’s expectations. If you want to minimize these risks, it’s imperative that you only work with a board certified plastic surgeon that has experience performing tummy tucks.
Are Tummy Tucks Permanent?
Tummy tuck results are typically permanent, however, there are some cases in which the results will not last. Patients who gain a significant amount of weight or get pregnant after having a tummy tuck procedure will not experience long-lasting results. To avoid this frustration, it’s in your best interests to maintain a healthy lifestyle after having a tummy tuck and wait until you are done having children to undergo this procedure.
Contact the Top Plastic Surgery Practice in Wellesley, MA Today
To determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure, get in touch with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Shektman today. Dr. Shektman regularly performs breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, liposuction, facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), rhinoplasty, and body contouring procedures. Dr. Shektman can also administer injections, including Botox, Radiesse, and other dermal fillers.
Everyone on our staff has one goal in mind: to help each patient look and feel his or her absolute best! We strive to create natural looking results for our patients.
Our office currently serves patients in Wellesley, Boston, and throughout the state of Massachusetts. Please call (781)-239-0680 or visit us online to talk to a member of our team and schedule an appointment.During this consultation, we will answer all of your questions about the procedure. New patients, don’t forget to review the gallery of before and after pictures on our website to see some of our best work.