Category: Tummy Tuck Recovery

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

 

Tummy Tuck Transformation

Tummy Tuck

We all strive to look our best, yet sometimes, despite hard work, the body we want still isn’t ours. Pregnancy, hormones, and genetics all play a part in how our body looks and changes over time. But today, aging gracefully is achievable and more accessible than ever.

Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to sculpt the body they want, especially when their best efforts aren’t working. If sit-ups are not transforming your stomach or if you have extra flab or excess skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, a tummy tuck might be the next step.  

While fat reduction treatments are becoming popular, they simply won’t give you the dramatic effect and transformation of a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes extra fat and skin. It also flattens the abdomen and tightens muscles in the abdominal wall.

There are two types of procedures, a mini tummy tuck, and a full tummy tuck. Below we will explain each one and help you decide if you are an ideal candidate for this transformative surgery.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly below the belly button. A single incision is made just above the pubic mound, and then your cosmetic surgeon will tighten loose muscles and remove excess skin to achieve a smooth and flat abdominal wall.

If you are mainly concerned with a “pooch” or loose skin and stretch marks below the belly button, a mini-tummy tuck may be a good option for you. The benefits of a mini-tummy tuck include a shorter, less involved procedure, a quicker recovery time, and a flat lower abdomen.

However, if your concerns extend above the belly button as well, you may need to consider a full tummy tuck.

Full Tummy Tuck

A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that reduces excess fat and skin from the waist. In most cases, it can also restore weak or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. A horizontal or U-shaped incision is made above the pubic mound, then your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. In some cases, a second incision is done around the navel to address excess skin above the belly button.

If you are concerned with roundness or excess skin folds above and below your belly button, a full tummy tuck may be right for you. The scar from a full tummy tuck will typically run from hip bone to hip bone, but can usually be hidden beneath a swimsuit bottom. Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a flatter, smoother abdomen, and the reduced appearance of stretch marks.

Best Candidates For a Tummy Tuck

Tummy tucks can help anyone whose body has undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy. A tummy tuck is suitable for women and men who are in good health or those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

Women who have experienced one or several pregnancies may find this procedure helpful for tightening abdominal muscles and reducing loose skin.

Is A Tummy Tuck Right For You?

Before undergoing a tummy tuck, patients should consider whether they can achieve the results they want with diet and exercise or with a less invasive procedure. Some transformations, however, will only be attainable through a tummy tuck.

Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, your transformation can be impacted by significant fluctuations in weight. Individuals who are planning substantial weight loss, or women are considering future pregnancies are advised to postpone this procedure. During surgery, vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate those muscles.

It’s also important to remember that tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program for a flat stomach.

Are you considering a tummy tuck? The Marvel team can help you find the correct procedure for you. Every patient of ours is offered a complimentary consultation before they undergo any procedure.

Contact us today at 615-538-0399 to schedule your free consultation!

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Is it Time for a Tummy Tuck?

Achieving a slimmer and leaner silhouette is a goal for many individuals. However, some may find that all the diet and exercise doesn’t move the unwanted and stubborn belly fat. Fortunately, there are procedures available like the tummy tuck that can help improve the contours of the abdomen. If you are considering a tummy tuck, read on to find out if it’s right for you.

The Procedure and Recovery

There are two different tummy tucks available: a mini and traditional tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen, tightening the muscles and reducing loose skin with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. The traditional version focuses on larger areas of the stomach.

The length of the surgery will vary depending on the amount of work you wish to have done. Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that requires the individual to undergo anesthesia and could take several weeks of recovery – as do most surgical procedures. That being said, it is wise to do your research to find a cosmetic surgeon that has the correct qualifications to achieve the results you want. We also recommend looking at before and after photos.

How to Know You’re Ready for a Tummy Tuck

You Have Extra Skin or Fat in the Abdomen

Taking part in a tummy tuck and be life-changing. For many individuals, regular exercise and a healthy diet aren’t enough to move unwanted and stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck provides patients with a chance to eliminate excess fat and tighten loose skin. The best candidates will have surplus skin in the abdomen. The procedure requires a sizable incision. Without enough skin, tension can be put on the scar causing stretch marks. The results of the procedure offer a slimmer profile. It should be noted that tummy tucks are not capable of producing toned abdominal muscles. The process is provided as a chance to improve the silhouette.

You’ve Recently Had a Baby

Having a baby not only changes your life but your body. Many women experience stretched skin and abdominal separation after having children. Pregnancy puts pressure on the stomach and as a result, causes muscles to separate to allow further expansion. Even after the loss of the baby-weight, many women experience permanent damage to the muscles and finds their skin hangs around their stomach. Left untreated, individuals might experience lower back pain, constipation, and urine leaking. Tummy tucks have the ability to repair this damaged tissue and restore muscles to give a flatter and leaner appearance.

You’re Not Planning to Have More Children

While tummy tucks can help reduce the signs of pregnancy, it should be avoided until you’ve decided you are done having children. A tummy tuck is a permanent solution to excess skin and abdominal separation, but it can’t prevent it from happening during the next pregnancy. If you experienced these symptoms the first time you gave birth, it’s more than likely it will happen during future pregnancies which will undo all of the efforts set forth by your surgeon. To get the most out of the tummy tuck, you’ll need to wait until you are done having children.

You’re at Your Ideal Body Weight

There are a few things tummy tucks can and can’t do for the body. They can provide individuals with a slimmer look, but it’s not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Fat cells will reproduce, and if you’re not making healthy choices, it’s possible all the hard work will go to waste over time. The best candidate for a tummy tuck will already be within their ideal weight range but looking for a way to remove stubborn belly fat. All bodies are different, and some people tend to carry their weight in the abdomen. After trying diet and exercise, if the fat isn’t budging a tummy tuck is an excellent solution.

Learn more about the procedure and schedule your consultation today by calling 615-329-3900.

Everything You Need to Know About Tummy Tucks

Tummy Tucks

The midsection can be a sensitive area for many people, especially now during swimsuit season. For those who have drastically lost weight, recently had a child, or possibly gained weight, dealing with excess skin and fat around the tummy can be frustrating. Fortunately for most, a Tummy Tuck procedure can easily restore the midsection appearance that you desire. If you are considering this procedure, here is everything you need to know about tummy tucks.

Mini Tummy Tuck vs. Traditional Tummy Tummy Tuck

First and foremost, there are two different kinds of tummy tucks available. There is a Mini Tummy Tuck that focuses on the lower abdomen, tightening the muscles and reducing ing loose skin. A mini tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that flattens the look of the belly, but with less invasive techniques than a standard tummy tuck. Or there is a traditional tummy tuck that focuses on a larger area of the torso.

Regardless of which option you choose, the procedure itself is beneficial for those who are roughly within 20% of their ideal body weight. The results are permanent, but as with most procedures involving fat, any form of weight gain will alter the effects. It’s important to note that a tummy tuck shouldn’t be used as a method to lose weight. If there are unhealthy eating habits at play, the results of the tummy tuck will only be superficial.

Good Candidates for Tummy Tucks:

The best candidates for Tummy Tucks are non-smokers who are physically healthy and at a stable weight, and who have realistic expectations of their results. To get a better idea of the results you can likely expect, we recommend taking the time to research a qualified surgeon and viewing before and after photos.

Tummy Tucks After Childbirth

Tummy tucks are safe for women who have had children. It is wise, however, for a woman to only choose a tummy tuck once she’s decided to no longer have children, as the effects of childbirth could alter the result of the original surgery. 

Length of Procedure & Recovery

The length of the surgery will vary depending on the amount of work you wish to have done. Tummy tucks are a surgical procedure that requires the individual to undergo anesthesia and could take several weeks of recovery – as do most surgical procedures. That being said, it is wise to do your research to find a cosmetic surgeon that has the correct qualifications to achieve the results you want. We also recommend looking at before and after photos.

For a better understanding of the options, you have to get the results you want, book a consolation with Dr. Jeffrey Marvel today. Call 615-329-3900 or contact us today to learn more.