Pregnancy, aging, and weight loss tend to take their toll on our bodies, causing many people to develop abdominal fat and skin laxity. While some may benefit from diet and exercise to get rid of their flabby stomach, others may need to undergo plastic surgery to get the results they desire. Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that can provide patients with a smoother, firmer abdomen.
Following your tummy tuck surgery, surgical dressings will be placed over the treated area to help protect your new contours and minimize swelling. All swelling and bruising are temporary and will resolve in one to two months. Make sure to refrain from all physical activities for at least six weeks unless instructed otherwise by Dr. Pearce.
You may experience some discomfort during your recovery. Dr. Pearce will prescribe oral medication to help reduce this. You will be able to able to return to work within one to three weeks after your surgery depending on the extent of your procedure.
Incisions are strategically placed along the lower abdomen so that scars can be easily hidden beneath clothing and bathing suits. All scars will continue to improve and fade over time. Avoiding tobacco use and sun exposure will help the healing of your incisions.
Tummy tuck surgery can provide long-lasting to permanent results that will leave your abdominal area looking smoother and more toned.
The cost of your tummy tuck procedure will vary based on certain factors, which include surgical fees and techniques. Dr. Pearce will provide you with a price sheet during your consultation.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What type of anesthesia will be used during my tummy tuck procedure?
Tummy tuck surgery is performed using general anesthesia.
Can tummy tuck surgery get rid of my stretch marks?
Yes. During your tummy tuck surgery, excess skin and stretch marks that lie below the belly button can be removed to provide you with smoother skin.
Will I need to have drains placed after my procedure?
Dr. Pearce uses the quilted approach, where multiple sutures are placed in layers to prevent the need for drains. However, surgical drains will be placed if necessary to collect excessive amounts of blood or fluid.
Are there any risks or side effects involved with tummy tuck surgery?
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks involved with tummy tuck surgery. These include:
- Fluid accumulation
- Skin loss
- Poor wound healing
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