Even if you’re completely dedicated to a healthy diet and exercise regimen, you may not always obtain the results that you desire. Conditions like weight fluctuations or pregnancy, as well as the aging process, can lead to lax skin and muscles. Sometimes, no matter how many times you run around the block or drink gallons of green smoothies, a toned abdomen eludes you.
Fortunately, you can achieve a slim abdominal profile by undergoing an abdominoplasty. More commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” this procedure is extremely helpful in eliminating excess skin and abdominal fat through the tightening of skin and muscles. After you have fully recovered from your procedure, you should find that you can finally fit into those clothes that you want to wear and wear a swimsuit with confidence.
What is tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that helps with the removal of excess and loss of fat and skin, as well as helping to tighten abdominal muscles. This leads to a very gratifying and more youthful, tighter, and toned appearance.
Although many people have benefited from a tummy tuck, it is not for everyone. For example, the procedure should not be considered a weight-loss procedure.
Would I make an appropriate candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are normally:
- Those having difficulty returning their abdominal area to how it appeared before giving birth
- Anyone having difficulty toning their stomach as they grow older
- Those close to their ideal body weight, but need some help with toning
- Those who have experienced weight loss that has left them with excess sagging skin
Recovering From Your Tummy Tuck
After you have undergone a tummy tuck procedure, you will want to make sure that you heal as completely and rapidly as possible. This type of surgery involves an intensive procedure dealing with muscles, core skin, and fat. Since your core strength is vital to all of your bodily movements, both the procedure and recovery must be handled correctly.
Here are a few things to do to help speed your recovery:
Care for Your Incisions
After your procedure, you will be left with an incision that typically runs from each hipbone over the pubic area. You need to take care to keep this incision completely clean so that you do not develop an infection.
Clean your incision each day by washing in the shower using running water and clean soap. Do not immerse yourself in any water that is not clean.
For four to six weeks after your tummy tuck procedure, you should limit your physical activity. Avoid vigorous physical activities that could risk opening your incisions and hindering your healing process.
You can begin with light exercise around 2 weeks after your procedure. Activities like stationary bicycling and light walking can be helpful in promoting blood circulation so that you heal more rapidly.
Following your tummy tuck procedure, you will need to wear an abdominal support garment to help minimize swelling and discomfort while you recover. Faithfully follow Dr. Haque’s instructions regarding how many hours you should be wearing your garment each day.
To book a consultation for any of your skincare or plastic surgery questions, contact the offices of Queen City Plastic Surgery at 704-751-4595 or use our simple online form. Our conveniently located Charlotte office welcomes patients from throughout the region and across the country.