Despite our best efforts at diet and exercise, the abdomen can loosen, sag or protrude due to pregnancy, age, fluctuation in weight or heredity. The tummy tuck, known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can help restore a smoother and firmer appearance by removing excess fat and skin. It can also restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Dr. Stevens recommends a tummy tuck procedure for men and women who are physically healthy, at a stable weight and are non-smokers.
What to Expect After Surgery
After surgery, it is common to experience swelling during the first few days of recovery. Any discomfort you may feel can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Stevens.
Other side effects may include bruising and numbness, and possibly a sore back from the tightening and healing of the abdominal muscles.
In the case of an abdominoplasty or body lift, a thin catheter will be inserted under your skin that is attached on the outside to a special non-narcotic pain pump. Drains may be inserted after surgery and left in place for several days to collect excess fluid. To minimize swelling and provide support, a compression garment will need to be worn for a period of time. The final results of your tummy tuck may be obscured for several weeks or longer by swelling. A return to work and light activity can typically be expected around two to four weeks following the tummy tuck surgery.
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