What to Consider:
Abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a popular procedure typically performed after a woman has a baby or after weight loss. A tummy tuck is for those areas of excess skin and fat that you just cannot get rid of. Before considering a tummy tuck we want you to know some basic facts about the overall procedure:
-An abdominoplasty should not be considered a weight loss procedure. It is important for you to be at your ideal body weight before having a tummy tuck so you can achieve the best results. We want your body to be in the healthiest state possible to prepare you for surgery and for the healing process.
-After surgery most of our patients take from about one week to two weeks off of work. You can expect soreness and normal post-surgical limitations such as minimal physical activity.
-Swelling after surgery is expected. You will not be able to squeeze into your old jeans again right after surgery. You will be in a compression garment for about 6 weeks which will allow swelling to go down and your skin to shrink back.
-If you smoke cigarettes you should NOT consider a tummy tuck. Smoking cigarettes constricts your blood flow which directly effects the healing process; resulting in the possibility of sustaining an open wound.
Please be advised that each individual case is different and not every person is a candidate for abdominoplasty.