As we are closing out 2016, it’s time to start thinking about your resolutions for the New Year. Is a tummy tuck something you’ve considered but had repeatedly put off over the years? Perhaps 2017 is the time to act! Between 2008 and 2013, researchers found that approximately 25,000 Americans had a tummy tuck and that number keeps growing.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, involves surgically removing excess skin and tissue from the abdomen and tightening up your abdominal wall. Removing the excess skin and tissue helps to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. It’s ideal for excess fat located in the abdomen and to finally resolve that pooch.
How Does it Work?
Your Top10MD board certified plastic surgeon will tighten your abdominal muscles back to their original position i.e. pre-baby. Your excess skin and fat are then removed, stretched and tightened over the abdominal muscles. Your surgeon then closes the abdominal incision. The belly button stays intact but is repositioned to its normal position. Tummy tucks take approximately 3-hours to perform and are performed under anesthesia. Full recovery typically takes 2-6 weeks. YEA! No vacuuming for two months!
What to Take into Consideration?
- Are you finished having children?
- Are you healthy? Do you smoke?
- Are you finished losing weight?
- Do you have a bulging upper or lower abdomen?
- Do you have loose skin or stubborn excess fat that cannot be diminished?
What’s the Next Step?
Ultimately, the decision you come to when discussing this with your surgeon will lead you in the right direction. Your decision to have a tummy tuck is personal. Schedule your consultation today with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a plan tailored to suit your desires and needs.