Loose and drooping skin around the midsection is a heartbreaking problem that many of us will have to deal with at some point. Unlike many other cosmetic issues, there is no diet, exercise program or over-the-counter product that will quickly and permanently get rid of this extra skin. A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is one of the most effective ways to remove loose skin and excess fat, tone your midsection and create the body of your dreams.
What Happens During a Tummy Tuck?
Every single tummy tuck is personalized to fit the unique needs of each patient. Some patients need nothing more than a few minor alterations to their loose skin and fat while others want to completely reshape their midsection.
A tummy tuck begins with either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. After you are numb, our board-certified plastic surgeon can then remove excess skin and fat, and change the position of your abdominal wall to achieve the desired result.
The Right Procedure for the Right Patient
A tummy tuck is not the best option for an obese patient who is hoping to lose quite a bit of weight. These individuals will often need to begin losing weight with comprehensive lifestyle changes before they consider surgical options. For those who have already made progress toward their ideal weight, however, a tummy tuck is an excellent procedure.
It is also important that the patient is in relatively good health and not suffering from any medical conditions that could affect their recovery. Anyone who has had surgery on their stomach in the past should notify our doctor beforehand.
Before and After Your Tummy Tuck
Preparing for a tummy tuck is quite simple. Patients who smoke should stop using tobacco products ten days before their procedure. Our plastic surgeon will also give you instructions on any medications or supplements that will affect the surgery.
While patients can expect some discomfort following their surgery, this will be taken care of with medication our doctor gives you beforehand. While every patient is different, the total recovery time is usually only a couple of weeks. During this period, you should plan on relaxing at home and moving as little as possible. Once you have fully recovered, you can enjoy your slim and toned figure.
Get All the Facts
To determine if you are a candidate for a tummy tuck, make an appointment at Hanemann Plastic Surgery. During your consultation at our office in Baton Rouge, our team of professionals will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.