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A tummy tuck, medically referred to as an abdominoplasty, has remained one of the most popular and effective surgical body contouring procedures for many years. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to tighten and repair loose abdominal muscles while eliminating excess skin that has collected in the abdomen. These concerns are very common and cannot be successfully addressed with diet and exercise, which often makes tummy tuck surgery an ideal option for both women and men who would like to enhance contours and skin firmness in the abdominal area. Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Ayman Hakki, customizes every tummy treatment plan to the unique skin qualities and goals of each patient in order to create beautiful new abdominal contours with natural-looking results.
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It is important to note that tummy tuck surgery is generally recommended for patients who have concerns that are primarily due to loose muscles and excess skin in the abdominal region, rather than excess fat. In cases where the problem is predominantly being caused by excess fat, either liposuction alone or a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck surgery may be the best option, depending on each patient’s needs and goals. During your consultation, our plastic surgeon will perform a comprehensive abdominal evaluation to determine your candidacy and the treatment plan that offers the best solution.
A tummy tuck involves major surgery and will require a period of downtime. Many patients will need approximately two weeks of rest and recovery before resuming work and other normal daily routines. There will be bruising and swelling in the abdominal area for several days following the procedure; however, these effects should dissipate as the area heals, and discomfort can be managed with medication. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise and activities that may strain the abdomen for a minimum of six weeks after surgery, although light walks will be encouraged soon after the procedure to reduce the risk of blood clots. Our doctors will provide you with a detailed post-operative guide to help you recover as safely and efficiently as possible.
As abdominoplasty is an advanced and specialized surgery, there is no non-surgical treatment that can tighten and sculpt the abdominal muscles or smooth the skin to the same extent. Although some claim that non-surgical procedures, or even do-it-yourself inventions like the Tummy Tuck Belt®, can be fast-acting and effective alternatives to a tummy tuck, none of those options can address the specific conditions that abdominoplasty is designed to address.
That said, certain non-surgical treatments may suit your needs more directly than tummy tuck if you are mostly concerned about excess belly fat and are not a candidate for liposuction. For instance, CoolSculpting®, while unable to repair and sculpt abdominal muscles, can contour the midsection on a smaller scale. In any case, our surgeons will help you come up with your ideal treatment during your consultation.
Tummy tuck surgery has helped millions of Americans accomplish their body contouring goals and achieve what the most rigorous diet and exercise regimens simply cannot successfully address. If you would like to learn more about abdominoplasty or other body contouring treatments available at our practice, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons, please contact us today.