Robert Taylor, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville Arkansas
Many lifestyle changes, including pregnancy, weight loss, and aging, lead to a loss of skin elasticity and muscle weakness in the abdominal area. These alterations leaves a lower tummy bulge and sagging skin that cannot be corrected through traditional methods, such as diet and exercise.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, helps correct these issues by eliminating excess skin and fat as well as tightening the abdominal muscles. The tummy tuck is frequently combined with other procedures, including liposuction or breast augmentation for a complete “Mommy Makeover.”
Reasons to Consider an Abdominoplasty
- If diet and exercise are unable to address the shape and skin laxity of your torso.
- If you recently lost a significant amount of weight, but it left a large amount of loose, sagging skin.
- If you desire a more pleasing body contour.
- If you lost your skin elasticity due to pregnancy or significant weight loss.
What can I expect with my Tummy Tuck consultation?
During your consultation, Dr. Taylor will evaluate the amount of loose skin in the abdominal area, as well as the condition of your abdominal muscles. He will also evaluate the amount of excess fat to eliminate and determine if liposuction may be necessary to achieve your desired goals.
To prepare for consultation, make sure you can discuss your medical history with Dr. Taylor, including any medical conditions, allergies, previous surgeries, and current medications. It is vital to provide accurate and complete information to ensure a positive surgical plan.
What can I expect with my Tummy Tuck procedure?
All abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, procedures are performed in our state-of-the-art, highly accredited, on-site surgery center. Before your procedure, you will receive a general anesthesia, so you are asleep through the entire procedure. There are several tummy tuck methods, such as the traditional tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck, or the extended tummy tuck. Based on your goals, Dr. Taylor will recommend a technique specifically tailored to you.
Once surgery is complete, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will be further monitored. In most cases, small drain tubes will be placed in the abdominal tissue to avoid accumulation of fluid and further complications. You will be wrapped in gauze or other dressings to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is necessary to follow Dr. Taylor’s specific aftercare instructions to minimize risks and ensure a positive recovery.
When can I return to my normal activities after a tummy tuck?
Recovery times will greatly vary among each patient. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck procedure and your physical condition, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work one to three weeks after surgery. In some cases, you can resume most of your normal activities after a few weeks. During this time, you may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, but this is generally controlled with proper medication.
How long do tummy tuck results last?
As long as you avoid gaining or losing extra weight, or becoming pregnant, tummy tuck results should remain firmer and flatter for years. Maintain a daily routine of diet and exercise, and you should notice the remarkable benefits of a tummy tuck. A slimmer, more contoured physique is just a consultation away to achieving your dream body.