An abdominoplasty, sometimes called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat on the abdomen. Saggy, loose abdominal skin and unwanted fatty deposits can appear after losing a significant amount of weight, having a baby or simply from age. If you’re not happy with your belly and are considering a permanent improvement, a tummy tuck may be the solution you’ve been searching for.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Before you are ready for surgery, you want to be as fit as possible. Being healthy and strong will make healing much faster and less uncomfortable. As the tummy tuck procedure only removes excess skin and some fat, you will also want to be at or very near your goal weight. A tummy tuck cannot remove the last ten or fifteen pounds of fat on your stomach.
The Surgical Procedure
An abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure. The details of each surgery vary from patient to patient, since each individual is unique. However, during a typical tummy tuck, the abdominal skin is freed from all the tissue beneath it, including the belly button. The skin is then pulled down and all the extra is removed. Excess fat may be removed as well, depending on the situation. If you have stretch marks, our surgeon may be able to remove these as well. The abdominal muscles are tightened and the remaining skin is pulled taut in order to give the patient a tight, toned midsection.
Life After a Tummy Tuck
It is important for the patient to take it easy after their tummy tuck procedure. Following our surgeon’s post-op instructions helps to ensure a successful outcome after surgery. After your recovery period, you can enjoy the results of your tummy tuck for years to come, so long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. While a few pounds during the holidays are to be expected, gaining a large amount of weight can undo your surgical results entirely.
Learn More About an Abdominoplasty
Deciding to get a tummy tuck isn’t a choice to make quickly or lightly. If you have additional questions or would like a review of your individual case, schedule an appointment at Metairie Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Sands and his team would be happy to help you determine if the procedure is right for you. Our office is located in Metairie, and we proudly serve the New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Contact us today to request a consultation for a tummy tuck.