If you have been considering a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, you may have a lot of questions. While this is a very safe and popular procedure, it is something that requires careful consideration. Let’s answer some of the most common questions people have about this cosmetic procedure.
Is There More Than One Type of Tummy Tuck?
Just as there are different body types, there are also different forms of tummy tucks. That is why step one is to sit down at a consultation to discuss your concerns. Do you feel you have excess skin on your abdomen? Excess fat? Have the muscles separated due to pregnancy? Once we know the goals, a personalized treatment plan can be created.
What Is the Recovery Like After a Tummy Tuck?
This depends on many different factors. Some people only need a mini tummy tuck, in which case recovery is much quicker. If your surgery involves repairing the muscle, however, expect six to eight weeks before returning to work and two to three months before fully healing. That being said, most people who have a tummy tuck are able to work from home just a few days after their procedure if that is an option. Driving can begin again as soon as your discomfort is at a level where you are not taking narcotic painkillers. Everyone is different and a customized aftercare plan will be created for you.
Are the Results of This Procedure Permanent?
The short answer to this question is yes, provided that your weight remains stable. It is important to keep in mind that a tummy tuck does not prevent aging, so some skin sagging may occur as the years go on. This sagging will likely be far less than what you were dealing with prior to your procedure.
What are the Difference Between a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?
These two procedures can often get confused with one another, but they are actually very different. A tummy tuck is used when there is very little excess fat, but there is excess skin and possibly damaged abdomen muscles. Liposuction is usually only used in the case of excess fat, although VASER lipo can help with sagging skin somewhat. A personalized consultation can help our team determine which procedure is right for you.
If you have further questions about this procedure, please feel free to get in touch with the team at The Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, FL. If it is decided that you are a good candidate for this procedure, we can begin work on a personalized treatment plan. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!