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.
If you are interested in tummy tuck surgery in Salt Lake City, Park City and surrounding areas, schedule an appointment with Dr. Saltz today!
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The Tummy Tuck Procedure
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 abdominoplasty, 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.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
» Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
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 abdominoplasty 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.
» What are the Risks with Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty with Dr. Saltz is major surgery, and it entails the risks inherent with any surgery: excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, reaction to anesthesia, infection, keloid scar formation, and the like. However, Dr. Saltz has extensive experience with these procedures and they have proven to be very safe and very satisfying for our patients.The most significant and rare risks of abdominoplasty surgery are pulmonary complications and blood clots, which are prevented by using leg compression devices, blood thinners, early ambulation and respiratory exercises. Patients at higher risk are kept in the hospital overnight for observation and intense early ambulation.
» Is a Tummy Tuck Painful?
Recovery from your tummy tuck will involve some pain. This procedure can create a long incision just above the pubic area (the size of the scar depends on how much loose skin is to be removed), and Dr. Saltz repositions and anchors underlying muscles and the abdominal skin. Once the core muscles are brought back together with permanent stitches, a numbing medication is injected directly on the fascia surrounding the muscle so patients have no pain when they wake up.Pain pills will be necessary for the first few days of your recovery. After your initial recovery, you can have residual soreness that comes and goes for weeks. You’ll need to be cognizant of your incision and try not to stress it too much.
» How Long Will the Results from an Abdominoplasty Last?
The changes made during an abdominoplasty by Dr. Saltz can be permanent. He trims excess skin and brings separated muscles back together in the center of your abdomen. Your contour will be slimmer and defined. If you maintain a healthy weight and incorporate exercise into your life, you’ll be pleased with your tummy tuck for the rest of your life. You may develop some slight sagging as you age, but it will be nothing like you had before your surgery.
» I Think I May Have Children, or More Children. Can I Have a Tummy Tuck Now?
Dr. Saltz asks his patients to be sure they are not going to have any additional children if they are going to have abdominoplasty surgery. This is because a new pregnancy will negate all of the changes made through your tummy tuck. You will be gaining all of that localized weight, which was the cause of your original sagging stomach. Plus, by stressing your incisions, this can distort your scars.If you’re even considering having another child, this is not the time to have a tummy tuck. In that case that you accidentally get pregnant again or gain weight, small revisions may be necessary to get you back to the best result possible.
» Can I Combine a Tummy Tuck with Other Procedures?
A tummy tuck is an involved procedure and makes for a prolonged recovery. You need to weigh those factors if considering adding another procedure to your tummy tuck. However, if you are a good candidate, Dr. Saltz may perform mommy makeovers, which is simply a term describing a combination of surgeries that address the effects that pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding have on your body.In a mommy makeover, Dr. Saltz performs a breast lift (with or without augmentation), a tummy tuck, and liposuction all in a single surgical session. In combined cases, admission to the hospital for 1-2 nights is mandatory.
If you are interested in receiving a tummy tuck from Saltz Plastic Surgery/Saltz Spa Vitoria, contact us today! Call our Salt Lake City, UT location at 801.274.9500 or our Park City, UT location at 435.655.6612. You can also fill out our Contact Form here.