Protruding or sagging abdomens can happen for a variety of reasons and can be frustrating to try and treat with diet and exercise alone. At Tarola Plastic Surgery, our safe, effective tummy tuck procedure will get you back to looking and feeling better about your body.
Contact us today at our Murfreesboro location to set up a consultation with Dr. Nicholas Tarola, a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss the procedure with you and help you determine if it is the right choice for you and your cosmetic goals.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Commonly referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck not only removes excess skin and fat but also restores weakened or separated muscles in the abdomen, creating a smoother, toned stomach profile.
Even individuals who maintain a healthy body weight are prone to sagging abdominal skin, and it can be caused by other factors as well, including:
- Fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
Generally in a tummy tuck, a horizontal incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel. The excess skin and fat are removed through this incision, and weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured together. By drawing the underlying tissue and muscle together, the waistline is narrowed and the abdomen is firmer and trimmer.
In some cases, additional incisions may need be necessary and the procedure may differ. Doctor Tarola will discuss which options fit your cosmetic needs during your consultation.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Typically, patients who do not smoke, do not plan on any future pregnancies, are physically healthy with a stable body weight, and have realistic cosmetic expectations make appropriate candidates for the tummy tuck procedure, although Dr. Tarola will further discuss this with you to ensure that this is the right decision for you.
What is Recovery Like?
For the first few days after surgery, you may experience some swelling in your abdomen as you begin to heal. You may also experience some soreness and discomfort, which can be controlled with medication. The healing timeline depends on the extent of the surgery, and although you may not have your full range of movement for the first few days, you may be advised to begin walking as soon as possible to prevent clotting.
During healing, a light exercise regimen is often recommended in order to reduce swelling, prevent blood clots and promote your body’s natural healing processes. Those who were in good physical condition prior to surgery may recover from having a tummy tuck more quickly than others, but in general it can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to return to work after surgery.
The results of a tummy tuck are permanent but can be compromised by weight fluctuation, pregnancy, aging and other life changes. Adopting a healthy diet and exercise will help you maintain your results.
Contact Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro today to set up your consultation and let us help you get the body you want.