The abdominal area can be adversely affected by aging and weight fluctuations. The changes that take place result in loose, saggy skin that makes your once firm tummy disappear. A tummy tuck can improve a flabby tummy and make it flatter and smoother, by tightening the muscles and getting rid of extra belly fat.
Who is a good candidate?
People with loose skin and surplus fatty tissue in the abdominal region, are generally very good candidates for a tummy tuck. So too are women with stomach muscles that have been separated or stretched as a result of pregnancy.
Dr. Bandak usually performs abdominoplasty as an outpatient procedure, using general anesthesia. Surgery can last from 2 to 3 hours. The horizontal incision for tummy tuck surgery is usually made just above the pubic area. Dr. Bandak will then lift the skin, remove the excess tissue, and tighten the stomach muscles. Drains are also inserted during the procedure, to allow excess fluid to flow out easily, and lessen any swelling.
The length of the recovery period often varies according to the extent of the operation, but typically ranges from 1 to 4 weeks. Swelling should be expected during this period, but will gradually improve after the first few weeks.
The drains put in during the operation will need to be emptied intermittently each day, and are usually removed within 2 to 3 weeks of surgery. A compression garment is also worn for at least 6 weeks. Patients should plan to take off at least 2 weeks from work. Full recovery can take up to 6 months, or a year in some cases.
Call (304) 925-4665 today and find out more about tummy tuck surgery, or inquire online by filling out the patient form. Dr. Bandak can help you achieve the flatter stomach you desire.
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