Even if you eat a healthy diet and have regular exercise routine, you may be unable to achieve the smooth, flat, well-toned abdomen that signals health and youth. Particularly after working hard to shed any excess pounds, it can be depressing to find that your abdomen still bulges, or that the skin on the abdomen has lost its elasticity and is loose and sagging. This can be due to several factors, including:
- Substantial changes in weight
- Previous surgery that has affected abdominal tissue
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed and, frequently, weak or separated muscles are tightened and restored. This combination results in a smoother, firmer, more attractive figure, with the bulging fat, skin and tissue gone.
Is There More Than One Type of Tummy Tuck?
While the basic concept of removing excess fat and tightening abdominal tissue is the same, there are actually several types of tummy tucks to address the abdomen itself, as well as different problem areas that can be addressed and resolved with the procedure. These are:
- Traditional Tummy Tuck: This procedure addresses the whole abdominal area. The incision goes from hip to hip.
- Mini Tummy Tuck: This surgery corrects the area below the navel.
- Extended Tummy Tuck: This procedure “extends” around the abdominal area to the sides and addresses “love handles.”
- Circumferential Tummy Tuck: Circumferential means surrounding. It is the most extensive of all the tummy tuck procedures and can include the thighs, buttocks and hips. It is typically appropriate for patients who have had gastric bypass surgery and have had extensive weight loss and loss of skin elasticity who are left with an excess of sagging skin and tissue in the area.
During your consultation with Dr. Sadrian, he will be able to recommend the type of tummy tuck that will best work to help you have a flat, firm abdomen.
What is the Recovery from a Tummy Tuck Like?
Dr. Sadrian will provide detailed instructions for your at-home, post-operative care, but here are some general guidelines:
- On average, you will need to refrain from returning to work for at least two weeks, during which you should sleep with your head elevated; full recovery can take up to six weeks, depending on the procedure.
- It is important to get adequate rest and to eat healthy, nutritious foods during that time, so the body can heal.
- Drink plenty of water daily to avoid dehydration and constipation, which will put strain on the abdominal muscles.
- If you have a heightened sensitivity to pain or discomfort, Dr. Sadrian will recommend a prescription or OTC pain medication.
- To reduce visible scarring, do not expose incision sites to direct sunlight. You can also protect them with special silicone products that Dr. Sadrian can recommend.
Why Choose Dr. Sadrian for a Tummy Tuck in San Diego?
Dr. Sadrian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who, in almost 20 years in practice, has performed many successful tummy tucks with beautiful results. He combines his expertise with personalized care to create the best possible outcome and a positive patient experience, from start to finish.
How Should I Prepare for Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Since your activities will be restricted for at least two weeks, be sure to:
- Arrange in advance for transportation home, as well as assistance for the first night or two.
- Pick up any medication or other post-op supplies, such as bandages, before the surgery.
- Ensure you have plenty of fluids and easy-to-prepare food or meals at home.
- Arrange your home and bed so you can be comfortable resting, reading, or sleeping. As with any surgery, you will need extra sleep, so your body can use its energy healing.
- Mild exercise (walking) can be helpful for healing.
- Always follow the aftercare instructions provided to you and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.