Category: Abdominoplasty

Tummy Tuck FAQs

Tummy tucks – also known as abdominoplasties – are one of the most common procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons. Tummy tucks have become more popular not only because of the dramatic results most patients show but also because of our focus on health and fitness. Recent advances in the operation offer better pain control and a smoother recovery. Here are a few of our patients’ most common questions about this operation.

“Do I need a full tummy tuck, or can I have a smaller scar – for example, with a “mini” tummy tuck or just liposuction?”

 

Every tummy tuck is slightly different, since everyone’s problem areas are different. Some patients have too much loose skin, some have lots of stretch marks, some have too much fat, and some people’s muscles been stretched or separated by pregnancy. People with tight skin can benefit from procedures which result in reduced scarring approach, such as liposuction, an endoscopic abdominoplasty, or a mini-abdominoplasty. If there is a lot of loose skin that needs tightening, you will require a longer scar. We always try to keep scars as short as possible, but what matters most is how your skin and waist look after surgery, since tummy tuck scars are hidden under shorts and a bathing suit.

Will a tummy tuck help my stretch marks?”

Absolutely. After pregnancy, most women’s stretch marks are below their belly buttons, and this is the skin that is removed in a tummy tuck. Unlike lasers and creams (which I don’t think I have ever seen help anyone at all, once they’re a year out from having their last baby), an abdominoplasty completely removes this skin, making your entire abdomen look like the much less damaged skin between your ribcage and your belly button – but even better, since even that undamaged skin is stretched and looks better than before!

“How much discomfort will I have after a tummy tuck?”

Years ago, tummy tucks were frequently performed in hospitals, and many patients could not stand straight up for a week or two. We perform all of our tummy tucks in one of our two outpatient surgery centers, so our patients are up and walking on the first night after surgery. Most patients need 3 or 4 days of a mild narcotic pain reliever and are back to their normal light activities about two days after they stop taking pain medicine. People who had had a prior C-section say that the discomfort is a 2-3 if the C-section pain was a 10.

“How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?”

The answer to this question depends on what you mean by “recovery.” All our patients are walking around their homes on the first day after surgery. Most people are able to get out of the house for light exercise and shopping (but NO HEAVY LIFTING) on the third or fourth day after surgery. You can drive a car about a week after surgery, and you can start lower body aerobic exercise (a recumbent stationary bike is the best at this stage) at ten days after surgery. After that, it is up to you and how you feel, but you can’t lift anything heavier than 30 pounds until a month after surgery because we don’t want anything to mess up the muscle tightening you’ve gotten.

“Will the results last?”

Absolutely! As long as your weight remains fairly stable, abdominoplasties are usually a ‘one and done’ procedure, which does not need to be repeated. Of course, your skin will continue to age after surgery, but it almost never gets back to the looseness that you had before surgery.

“After pregnancy, my tummy needs help, but my breasts do, too. Can you work on both at the same time?”

Absolutely. Lots of patients have changes to both their abdomen and their breasts after childbirth and nursing. Combining abdominal and breast contouring after pregnancy is so common that it has a name – “mommy makeover.” Combining these procedures makes a lot of sense, because you save a little money on the operations and can combine your recovery times, making it easier to fit both operations into your hectic schedule.

By Dr. Ingram

 

Bounce Into Spring With A Mommy Makeover

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Childbearing can take a significant toll on a woman’s body. Most women notice changes to their bodies right after pregnancy, and many wish to get their shape back to what it was before giving birth. A Mommy Makeover describes the process when women undergo several cosmetic procedures at once to restore their bodies after childbirth and child-rearing. A Mommy Makeover is a well-deserved gift to any mother.

The most common procedures grouped together for a Mommy Makeover are breast augmentation or breast lift, a tummy tuck, liposuction, buttock augmentation, botox, and vaginal rejuvenation.

A Mommy Makeover helps reverse some of the effects that childbearing and breastfeeding has on the body. However, it doesn’t replace a healthy diet or exercise program or constitutes a weight-loss solution.

Should You Consider A Mommy Makeover?

Mothers who have given birth and have breastfed multiple children are highly likely to be physically altered, even if they exercise and maintain a balanced diet. These changes are lasting and sometimes not able to be corrected with workouts or diets.

A great candidate for a Mommy Makeover will have realistic expectations, be at a stable weight, and be physically healthy. Some patient concerns might be extra tummy fat that doesn’t respond to exercise or diet, droopy or loose skin around the stomach, and lost volume in the breasts or sagging breasts.

A Mommy Makeover should only take place after a woman has decided not to have any more children. Those planning to have more children should wait, since pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding will alter the results of the procedure. The best time for a Mommy Makeover is at least four to six months after the birth of the last child.

Procedures

A Mommy Makeover combines several procedures tailored to address the needs of the patient. These will allow the patient to undergo liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift simultaneously. Your doctor will help you choose the correct procedures to ensure a youthful appearance, rejuvenated skin, and redefined body contours.

Many women also opt to have either a breast lift or breast augmentation with implants. In some cases, women choose both the breast lift and the implants. They can also rejuvenate and restore the tone of the vaginal region following childbearing. Stretch marks, a belly pouch, and loss of breast tissue and elasticity can also be addressed and corrected.

During a tummy tuck, the excess skin is removed, and the abdominal walls are joined back together as needed. After that, the remaining skin around the midsection is tightened, and most of the stretch marks can be removed as well. Liposuction is an excellent option for removing fatty deposits throughout the body where needed. This process is especially helpful for eliminating isolated areas of fat from the thighs, tummy, hips, and other trouble spots.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

There are many benefits of a Mommy Makeover. From a mental standpoint, most mothers feel frustrated, self-conscious, or even depressed from the long-lasting changes motherhood brings. This makeover can help restore a woman’s self-image and self-confidence by addressing her specific concerns.

Don’t forget about the face when thinking about these procedures. Enhancing the facial skin tone and texture, and making aging skin look and feel young once again helps the mom feel amazing. Another benefit is the reduction or elimination of stretch marks. Since pregnancy can cause the skin to stretch rapidly, stretch marks can appear no matter how much lotion is applied. They often remain even when the baby weight is lost.

The results of a Mommy Makeover won’t be drawn out over several months or years since everything can be done all at once. This is a quick way to help moms get back to their pre-baby wardrobe easier and faster.

Spring is the perfect time to choose a Mommy Makeover and showcase your newfound body confidence in the summer. Marvel Cosmetic Surgery offers a full range of procedures that can help. Contact us today or call 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation. Let the Marvel team design the perfect makeover for you!