What Happens During a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

It’s understandable to be concerned about your appearance and want to make positive changes. While diet and exercise can often provide significant improvements, sometimes more is needed to achieve the desired results in certain body areas, such as the abdomen. The abdominal region can be a particularly challenging area for individuals to tone while trying to lose weight, tone the rest of their muscles, and improve their overall fitness. That’s where a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can come in. 

At Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we are trained to remove excess skin and fat in the abdominal area, leading to a tighter stomach and increased confidence. We’ll collaborate with you to create a personalized plan for your procedure, ensuring optimal results. So, if diet and exercise haven’t given you the flat stomach you desire, a tummy tuck might be just what you need. Here are all the details you should know about tummy tucks. 

What Is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a type of surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. It can also tighten weakened or separated muscles in the abdominal wall. 

One of the reasons a person might seek out a tummy tuck is to address loose skin or excess fat in their abdominal area. Others may struggle to tone and tighten their stomach muscles even with regular exercise and a healthy diet. This can often result from significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Patients who may benefit from a tummy tuck are those who have loose skin after weight loss or pregnancy or those who have not been able to achieve a toned stomach through diet and exercise alone. 

What Are the Benefits of Getting One Done?

A tummy tuck is a popular surgery procedure that can improve the appearance and tone of the abdominal area. Tummy tucks remove excess fat and skin from the stomach and can tighten weak abdominal muscles to create a more toned appearance. But beyond improving aesthetics, a tummy tuck can also have functional benefits. It can help alleviate back pain caused by excess weight in the belly and improve physical abilities such as flexibility and stamina. In addition, you’ll have increased self-confidence after a tummy tuck procedure. 

Am I a Good Candidate for A Tummy Tuck?

One of the main qualifications for a tummy tuck is having excess skin or fat in the abdominal area that does not respond well to diet and exercise. This can often result from major weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Good candidates for a tummy tuck also have realistic expectations about the procedure and its results and generally good overall health. 

It’s important to remember that a tummy tuck does not substitute for weight loss – instead, it is meant to enhance the results of a healthy lifestyle and improve the appearance of one’s stomach. If you think you are a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck, it’s best to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific situation and give personalized recommendations.

What Should You Expect from a Tummy Tuck?

When it comes to tummy tucks, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Each procedure is customized based on the individual patient’s needs and desired outcome. That said, many tummy tuck surgeries can be performed as outpatient procedures, meaning patients can go home the same day without an overnight hospital stay. This procedure can be performed at our onsite surgery center in Plainfield or one of the local hospitals.

We will make an incision along the pubic hairline and possibly around the belly button during the operation. The underlying muscles will be tightened, and excess skin will be removed before closing the incisions with sutures. Liposuction may also be employed for optimal results. Every step is taken with your safety and comfort in mind so that you can feel confident in your choice to undergo a tummy tuck procedure with us. 

What Should You Expect During Your Recovery Period?

While the healing process after surgery differs for everyone, it’s important to remember that some mild discomfort and swelling are normal during the initial recovery period. You will also wear an abdominal binder or compression garment, which will not only decrease swelling but also provide support as you begin to move around more comfortably. 

As your energy levels increase and your range of motion improves, we will guide you on when it’s safe to return to everyday activities such as work or exercise. It’s recommended to wear the abdominal binder for at least four to six weeks following surgery. Regular check-ins with us will ensure a smooth recovery. Remember to listen to your body and take the necessary precautions during this healing time.

Are You Ready to Schedule a Tummy Tuck Consultation?

At Burt & Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Plainville, IL, we offer customized tummy tuck procedures to address various concerns. Whether you are looking to recover from pregnancy or simply want to improve your overall physique, we can provide expert care every step of the way. If you are considering a tummy tuck, the first step to this procedure is to schedule a consultation with us.

Ready to learn more about how a tummy tuck could benefit you? Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your options. Don’t wait any longer to start feeling confident in your stomach’s appearance. Let us help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Contact us online or call us at (815) 267-0231 to book your consultation appointment with us.

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