Your Guide to the Tummy Tuck Procedure
Could you use some toning around your abdomen? This area of the body is notoriously difficult to tone. If you have found that no amount of green smoothies or aerobics helps improve this area, you are not alone. Factors like extreme weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or the aging process can lead to the sagging and stretching of skin and muscles in the abdominal area. The good news is that a procedure known as the tummy tuck can help.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
Medically known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck procedure helps in the removal of excess skin and fat from around the abdomen, as well as tightening the walls of the abdomen. In some women, the abdominal wall muscles can weaken and separate, leading to the appearance of sagging skin with stubborn fat pockets that are notoriously unresponsive to changes in diet and exercise.
The tummy tuck can help you reshape your midsection by toning and tightening the abdominal area. The results is a much slimmer and aesthetically pleasing abdomen.
Tummy Tuck: Good Candidates
Are you wondering if you would make a good candidate for a tummy tuck? One consideration is that this procedure is no substitute for normal weight loss. The best candidates are already at a healthy and stable weight, and can be expected to maintain this weight through diet and exercise. So the tummy tuck procedure is best suited for anyone who has recently lost a significant amount of weight and simply needs the removal of some excess skin or fat.
Your procedure begins when you go under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. An abdominoplasty typically takes anywhere from two to three hours to perform, depending upon your individual situation.
Dr. Antún will typically begin a tummy tuck procedure by creating an incision running horizontally from hip to hip, or down the middle of the abdomen, vertically. This incision is used for the removal of stubborn fat pockets and excess skin. Next he will reshape your abdominal wall, leading to a slimmer profile.
Benefits of the Tummy Tuck
The tummy tuck has numerous benefits for anyone displeased with the shape of their abdominal area, and helps to:
* Remove stubborn fat pockets and excess skin
* Tighten up loose abdomen muscles
* Re-contour the midsection
* Strengthen and firm the abdominal area
* Produce a slimmer profile
* Enhance appearance when wearing certain clothing
* Boost confidence and self-esteem
Most people undergo a tummy tuck procedure to improve their appearance, but it also offers functional benefits, including:
* Alleviation of back pain
* Posture improvement
* Improves urinary incontinence
* Treats excess skin in the middle of the abdomen caused by difficult or multiple pregnancies
Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck
Dr. Antún fully appreciates the concern that many patients have regarding scarring. He takes great care to ensure that any unavoidable scarring and side effects are minimized. Your aftercare treatment may include lymphatic drainage to speed your recovery time, as well as reduce swelling and scar tissue formation. A special oxygen treatment is available to protect against infection of the incisions so that they heal faster.
Most patients need around one month of downtime following their tummy tuck procedure. While you are healing during this time, please avoid vigorous physical activity and exercise. Our team will follow up with you to monitor your progress periodically with an in-person appointment.
It is perfectly normal to experience some degree of puffiness or swelling in your abdominal area after your tummy tuck procedure. It may also be somewhat uncomfortable to stand straight for a while. Postoperative swelling may subside within about three months; however, you should have the ability to comfortably stand straight within a week or two.
To ensure that you achieve the most natural-looking result possible, Dr. Antún will perform your tummy tuck in an individualized manner based upon your unique body type and weight. You should be pleased with your results: a firmer, flatter abdominal profile with better proportions to your body.
Tummy Tuck: Choosing Dr. Antún and HD Esthetique
Dr. Antún has over 15 years of experience as a renowned cosmetic surgeon in the Miami area. The mission of our team is to provide the highest quality of care – from the time you step in our door for a consultation to the time you leave to recover at home. Dr. Antún’s expert care and experience, and knowledge of advanced surgical techniques, can help you achieve the results that you desire.
Reach Out Today
Anyone seeking to slim an abdominal profile that is unresponsive to changes in diet and exercise is invited to contact Dr. Antún at HD Esthetique today to take their body to the next level with a tummy tuck procedure.