Understanding What’s Involved in A Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)

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Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most commonly performed types of cosmetic surgery. A tummy tuck can remove excess skin and fat from your abdomen, as well as often helping to restore muscle tone as well.

However, it is an invasive surgery, and not something to be undertaken lightly. You should do plenty of research, so you can understand what the surgery entails, what it can do, and what it can’t do.

Here is a quick guide to some of the most frequent questions people have.

Answering Your Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery

1- Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Tummy tucks can be performed on almost anyone with too much skin and fat around their abdomen, as long as there aren’t other complications. This would include people who are gaining weight through aging, those who can’t lose weight with traditional means, and women who have recently been pregnant.

2- Who isn’t a good candidate?

It’s not a good idea for women who are planning on getting pregnant in the near future. Wait until after you’ve had your children. Tummy tucks are also not recommended for smokers. Quit first. (It’s good for you!)

3- What does recovery involve?

Tummy tucks are an invasive procedure, and there will be a recovery period afterward. You’ll need to limit your activity, as well as caring for the surgical site and any draining tubes which may be used. There will be frequent follow-up visits afterward. Be sure to discuss this thoroughly with your cosmetic surgeon.

4- Are tummy tucks permanent?

Not entirely. Think of it as rolling back the clock on your abdominal looks. We can restore your flat tummy, but it will still be on you to maintain a good diet and exercise afterward, or else fat can begin to build up again. Of course, if you do maintain your diet and weight, then you can enjoy your flat tummy for the rest of your life!

5- I’m planning on a weight-loss program. Should I do a tummy tuck first?

No. Generally speaking, it’s best to lose weight first if you can, and then have a tummy tuck to put on the finishing touches. Losing a lot of weight after an abdominoplasty can affect its looks.

Contact Dr. O’Neill Today

To learn more about tummy tuck surgery, just contact Dr. O’Neill for a full consultation!