Tummy Tuck FAQ
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What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Also called an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the lower and upper abdomen. During the procedure, the muscles in the abdominal wall are also tightened. The result is a flat, firm stomach profile. The new look of our Orange County tummy tuck patients is permanent as long as there is no significant weight gain or additional pregnancies after the procedure.
Am I a Candidate?
Ideally, patients who are interested in abdominoplasty will already have reached a stable weight and are in good overall health. This procedure isn’t a substitute for eating right and exercising, and shouldn’t be considered a weight loss solution. Women who may become pregnant should not undergo an abdominoplasty, and if a tummy tuck is desired following the birth of a child, it’s best to wait several months. The happiest patients following surgery are those who go in with realistic expectations.
What Results Should I Expect?
Your belly will be flatter and firmer following your procedure. If there are existing stretch marks, they are often removed or greatly diminished following your procedure. Your belly button may look slightly different as well, often altering orientation to a more vertical than horizontal appearance and being repositioned.
Could I Get Liposuction Instead?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove fat cells. It can be very effective for one or two problem areas which remain despite diet and exercise. However, a tummy tuck is a more involved procedure which removes excess skin and fat, plus tightens the abdominal muscles themselves. A tummy tuck is ideal for women who have lost their slim profile due to muscle tone loss following pregnancy, or for those who have lost a great deal of weight and whose skin isn’t elastic enough to adjust.
How Is the Recovery?
After surgery, there will be some swelling at first. Bandages will be applied to your incision, and a compression garment should be worn to keep everything in its new place. Because your treatment involves both skin and muscle, standing straight up may hurt a bit at first. You may also need help getting around the first day or two. However, the swelling and discomfort should fade rapidly, and the results of your tummy tuck will be visible in just a week or two.
Are There Scars?
A cut in the skin will always form a scar. However, the CosmetiCare surgeons make sure that the incision is placed unobtrusively enough that it can be covered by most clothing, even two-piece swimsuits. Over time, any redness in the scar should face, leaving you with beautiful results.