What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated muscles, thus creating a smooth and firm abdomen.
Many people work towards a flat and well-toned abdomen through exercise and weight control, though sometimes these methods don’t work.
Even those who are at a healthy weight and proportion can develop an protruding abdomen that is loose and sagging. Risk factors include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
Be mindful that a tummy tuck does not fix stretch marks, nor does it replace weight loss or appropriate exercise programs. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, significant fluctuations in your weight can negatively affect these benefits.
Recovery for Tummy Tuck
Dr. Suh’s team will apply medical dressings to your incisions. If necessary, you may need a small, thin, subdermal tube to temporarily to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Dr. Suh will give you specific instructions for a tummy tuck recovery including:
- Caring for the surgical site(s).
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing.
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health.
- When you should schedule a follow-up.
Am I a Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?
You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a nonsmoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen