Tummy Tuck Surgery Contours Your Stomach For A More Flattering Appearance

Posted on: 23 May 2022

It's not always possible to get a flat abdomen by doing exercises and losing weight. You might have fat deposits that won't go away or weak muscles that need surgical repair after pregnancy or being overweight.

The solution could be body contouring surgery. A tummy tuck might give you the flat abdomen you want so you look better in your clothing and feel more confident about your appearance. Here's how this body-contouring surgery works.

A Tummy Tuck Has Multiple Benefits

Tummy tuck surgery can improve your stomach area in a number of ways. It eliminates fat so your stomach has a better shape. It also repairs and tightens muscles so your stomach is flatter. The surgery can remove excess skin to give your stomach a flatter and less wrinkly look. In addition, it can remove stretch marks when the excess skin is removed.

The Procedure Varies According To Your Condition

There are a few ways to go about this body-contouring surgery. The approach the doctor takes depends on the amount of skin you need to have removed. If you don't have a lot of excess skin, the incision is smaller, and the doctor might even hide it in your old C-section scar if you have one. If a lot of skin needs to be removed, the doctor may need to reposition your belly button too.

The surgery may be done with IV sedation or general anesthesia. You'll probably have outpatient surgery so you can go home once you're awake and feeling well enough to go.

Another Pregnancy Might Affect The Results

Your doctor might advise you to wait to have tummy tuck surgery once you've had all of your children since another pregnancy might stretch your skin and muscles out again. The same might also happen if you regain all of your lost weight. You should be committed to maintaining your weight if you plan to have body contouring surgery so the results last a long time.

You Might Be Off Work For A Few Weeks

Your doctor considers the type of work you do when deciding how long you need to take off for your surgery. You might need to take off for a few weeks if you do heavy lifting, but you can probably go back to work sooner if you have a sedentary job. You'll need to limit the amount of activity you do for several days while your incision heals. You may also have a drain in for a few weeks. Your doctor explains everything you need to know about the recovery period so you'll be the most comfortable and heal with a low risk of complications. 

For more information, talk to your doctor about tummy tuck options.