Extra skin and fat on your abdomen can make you feel self-conscious about your body. At Meadows Plastic Surgery, with locations serving Brookfield, Wisconsin, and the Beach Park, Schaumberg, and Irving Park neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, board-certified plastic surgeons perform tummy tucks to give patients flat bellies and attractive body contours. To consult with the expert plastic surgeons about a tummy tuck for yourself, call Meadows Plastic Surgery or book your appointment online today.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the size of your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. It gives you a tighter, more toned abdomen free from loose skin and sagging pockets of fat. While you can make a big difference in your silhouette with a tummy tuck, it’s important to remember that it isn’t a substitute for natural weight loss or weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass.
There are common features in patients who want to get tummy tucks. Loose, sagging skin around the abdomen can happen naturally with age, but it is often associated with a more concrete underlying cause. Common causes of sagging skin in the stomach area are:
Carrying a child is bound to result in some major body changes, especially around your core. While it’s not usually possible to have the exact body that you had before pregnancy, the sagging skin on your belly that remains after childbirth is removable with a tummy tuck. Another common side effect of pregnancy is a condition called diastasis recti, which is characterized by a protruding belly caused by weakened or separated abdominal muscles. These muscles can be tightened and repaired during a tummy tuck procedure.
If you lose a substantial amount of weight via surgery or major lifestyle changes, your skin might have a hard time catching up to your new, smaller size. This results in loose skin that seems to hang and drape. You might have lots of extra skin around your abdomen because you lost weight from the area.
Whether due to pregnancy or weight fluctuations, a tummy tuck procedure can achieve the following:
Depending on your specific needs addressed in the consultation, your plastic surgeon might suggest the following options for your tummy tuck:
The full tummy tuck is the traditional approach, and it involves creating two incisions. The first incision runs along the lower abdomen from hip to hip, and the second incision site surrounds the belly button. During this procedure, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired, compromised skin from the navel to the bikini line is removed, and a new belly button is created.
Patients who require less correction might only need a mini tummy tuck to achieve their desired look. This approach uses one shorter incision along the bikini line to repair weakened abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. In this scenario, the belly button remains unaltered.
The extended tummy tuck is best for patients with an abundance of excess skin, resulting from either a significant weight loss or pregnancy. For this procedure, one circumferential incision is created around the midsection. Weakened abdominal muscles are repaired, circumferential excess skin is removed, skin around the hips and thighs is lifted, and the belly button remains unaltered.
For all tummy tuck procedures, your plastic surgeon starts with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. After the surgery, the incision is closed with sutures and excess blood and fluid are drained through a small tube along the incision.
Following your surgery, your plastic surgeon will outline a recovery plan that is unique to you, depending on the surgical techniques that were implemented. Patients are often given a compression garment to minimize swelling and aid in the healing process.
Swelling and discomfort should dimish after a couple of weeks, and most normal activities can be resumed after 2-3 weeks. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting, however, should be discontinued for at least 6-8 weeks.
You will be able to enjoy the results of your tummy tuck for many years with a healthy diet and exercise.
Book your tummy tuck consultation with Meadows Plastic Surgery by phone or online today.