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Should I get a Tummy Tuck?

Many mothers are horrified at what pregnancy has done to a formerly trim, fit body. Even after carefully losing excess pregnancy weight and consistent exercise, saggy skin in the tummy zone along with stretch marks remain. Other people considering a tummy tuck have fatty deposits lingering in the abdomen they try to hide with loose clothing.

Some people undergo a tummy tuck after weight loss surgery – the excess weight is gone, but they are now dealing with unsightly sagging skin that has lost the flexibility to shrink back. Any of these conditions can be resolved with a customized tummy tuck procedure, performed by one of the most acclaimed plastic surgeons in Memphis from University Plastic Surgeons.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck is a major surgical procedure and requires a full evaluation of your medical history and the medications you take. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the surgical appointment will be scheduled. Every tummy tuck is a customized procedure, as each person is facing different challenges, whether excess fat and skin, split muscles, loose muscles, or a combination of these issues.

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The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and requires several hours to complete. At University Plastic Surgeons, our team of acclaimed plastic surgeons is known for excellence in surgery and for using the most advanced surgical techniques. As faculty members of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, these specialists possess the credentials, high-level skills, and knowledge of the latest surgical techniques to help you achieve a trimmer, flatter abdomen.

Incision placement is an important aspect of a successful tummy tuck. In many cases, the belly button is repositioned as part of the surgery. The tummy tuck may require more than one incision, depending upon the extent of your excess skin and fat.

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Tummy Tuck Benefits

There is no other procedure that will produce the extensive results of an abdominoplasty. While less invasive procedures or nonsurgical treatments may be able to reduce excess fat, such as liposuction or body sculpting techniques, for those who have a large amount of excess sagging skin and fat in the abdomen or a split muscular structure, this surgery is likely the most effective solution. The benefits of tummy tuck surgery include:

  • Trims, slims, and flattens the lower abdomen
  • Improves body contour
  • Resolves a bulging tummy
  • Tightens muscles
  • Removes excess skin and fat
  • Reduces the appearance of unsightly stretch marks on the lower abdomen
  • Creates a more youthful body shape

What a Tummy Tuck Won’t Do

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or maintaining good health with exercise. Although the results of a tummy tuck last for years, the improvement in body shape are always affected by significant fluctuations in your weight. If you plan on losing weight in the future or are considering a future pregnancy, a tummy tuck should be postponed. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although many of these unsightly scars may be removed or improved if they are located lower on the abdomen, as some of the skin with stretch marks is often removed in the procedure.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

After you awaken from surgery, you will be groggy, and will have bandages covering the incisions, or a compression garment to help minimize swelling. For some patients, drainage tubes will be placed to remove any excess blood or fluid. Each person will have extensive aftercare instructions to adhere to during recovery.

You will need help from a friend or family member for several days following your surgery. Prescription medication will help you stay comfortable in the initial stages. You will be restricted in the type of physical activities you can perform, with no bending, stretching, or lifting for several weeks to protect the incisions.

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