Tummy Tuck Your Way to a Flatter Stomach
Everyone wants to have a flat stomach. Unfortunately, while we can reduce the fat in the area, diet and exercise do little to address sagging, excess skin, and muscles that are no longer taut. A tummy tuck, formally known as abdominoplasty, can give you a more contoured body shape and a flatter stomach.
A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother, flatter, and firmer.
Let Dr. Saltz, Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon, give you the look you want.
Who Is a Good Candidate for an Abdominoplasty?
Skin is elastic and resilient, but there is a point at which, if overstretched, it will not rebound to its previous state. This can happen when the stomach is stretched by pregnancy or massive weight gain (and subsequent loss), leaving you with sagging skin or a protruding stomach pouch. Both men and women can benefit from tummy tuck surgery. But a tummy tuck is a body-contouring procedure, not a weight loss method, and is intended for people at a healthy, stable weight.
As with any surgical procedure, successful candidates are generally in good health with no serious medical complications. Women need to be sure they are not going to become pregnant and have another child, as this will negate the results of the tummy tuck.
Depending on the degree of excess skin and its location, Dr. Saltz will either perform a full or mini tummy tuck.
- In a full tummy tuck, a somewhat horizontal incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and the belly button. The shape and length of the incision is dependent on the amount of excess skin. In some cases, a second incision around the navel is necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Once the incision(s) has been made, the upper abdominal skin is pulled down and the excess skin is trimmed away. When that skin is lifted the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are tightened. It may be necessary to move the belly button.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
There will be pain and swelling for a few days after your surgery, and there will be some residual soreness for weeks, maybe even months. You may need to take up to a month off of work, and any strenuous activity will have to wait six weeks. Dr. Saltz will give you detailed instructions on how to best handle your recovery.
Your tummy tuck from Dr. Saltz will look great for decades, as long as you maintain a healthy weight and follow some sort of exercise routine. Weight gain can negate the surgery’s results.