The stomach can be one of the most frustrating areas on the body. No matter how many different exercises you do or how well you eat, you can still have excess skin and fat on the abdomen. Normal physical life changes alter the way the stomach looks and feels. Aging, weight fluctuations, and childbirth all have marked effects on the stomach.
If dieting and exercise alone haven’t helped smooth your stomach, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. This cosmetic procedure smooths the skin over the stomach and sculpts your waistline. In addition, it repairs weakened and damaged abdominal muscles. Before deciding if a tummy tuck is ideal for you, you should consider a few factors.
Tummy tucks are major surgeries that take multiple weeks to heal. Dr. Hall will make an incision along the bikini line. Recovery takes about 6 to 8 weeks until you are able to return to full daily activities. The first few days might be full of soreness, fatigue, and swelling. This is normal. Pain will get slowly better. It is important to rest and not put too much pressure on your abdomen. This could obstruct results and result in a longer recovery time. In addition to taking time from work, you’ll need people to help with household upkeep and childcare.
A tummy tuck is designed to sculpt the body after you’ve already burned away other sources of fat with your diet and exercise. It shapes and sculpts the body. But it does not function as a weight loss surgery. You have to lose the weight and keep it off yourself. Surgeons typically recommend that patients are no more than ten to fifteen pounds away from their ideal goal weight before getting a tummy tuck. Patients should also be committed to living a healthy lifestyle in order to safely undergo the procedure and to maintain their results.
Tummy tucks are extremely popular cosmetic procedures that provide ample results. But the surgery will also leave a permanent scar. Typically, this scar isn’t visible to the public because it runs just above your pubic bone. Over time, scarring will fade slightly. Dr. Hall will place the incision in an inconspicuous location so that the scar is not visible to the public. If you are really worried about scarring, he can recommend some scar reduction technique.
Year-Long Recovery Time
You’ll be back to most of your day-to-day activities after about three weeks. But the surgery can take up to a year to heal. You won’t immediately see results. You’re more likely to experience stiffness and swelling than anything else. Results start showing in around four to six weeks, but residual swelling can stick around for up to a year.
Talk with Dr. Hall
The best way to know if a tummy tuck is the right option for you is by speaking with Dr. Hall. During a consultation appointment he will examine your skin tissue, elasticity, and talk with you about your desired results. He will also want to go over your medical history to make sure that you can safely undergo this surgery. Women should be done having children before getting a tummy tuck as future pregnancies can obstruct your results. To make a consultation appointment with Dr. Hall contact the office.