A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty in Fayetteville, like many other plastic surgery procedures, is different for each patient with different recovery times, procedural needs, incision placements, and more. However, with the many differences, there are also a few important things that you should know before you decide to go forward with a tummy tuck. Here are those five most important things:
It’s Not for Weight Loss
A tummy tuck won’t help you lose weight, rather it will remove sagging skin on your abdomen and flanks. Most patients have commonly lost mass amounts of weight or have sagging skin post-pregnancy as opposed to seeking a weight loss solution with a tummy tuck. If you do have excess fat in these areas as well, your doctor may couple your procedure with liposuction to achieve your aesthetic goals.
There are Different Types
There are three types of tummy tucks, including a mini, full, and extended. Each varies from incision lengths to areas of focus. A mini, for example, is for those with flab below the belly button, full tummy tucks cover the entire abdomen, and extended tucks will address excess skin around the flanks. Scarring will range from the bikini line and may extend around your backside, but can usually be concealed within your body’s natural contours or even beneath the bikini line.
Your Belly Button Might Change
In some cases, your belly button may need to be relocated to match with your new tummy. This is more commonly necessary in the more extensive procedures such as a full or extended tummy tuck.
Abdominal Muscles will be Tightened
During a tummy tuck, your doctor will tighten the interior abdomen walls on top of removing excess flab and skin. This will assist in achieving a better, tighter contour once your procedure is complete.
You will need assistance during your tummy tuck recovery. This procedure can be taxing on your body! Be sure to have a friend or loved one available to bring you home from your procedure and help you around the house for the first week.
Do you have more questions about what a Tummy Tuck surgery would look like for you? Contact Dr. Taylor of Taylor Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation in Fayetteville, Arkasas today!