Tummy Tucks: Frequently Asked Questions
Patients who are considering a tummy tuck surgery typically have a great deal of questions. Surgery of any kind can be a scary procedure and it is only natural to have questions for Dr. Delgado. Let’s examine a few.
What is a tummy tuck?
Tummy tucks are also known by their proper name, abdominoplasty. The goal is to remove any excess skin from the area. Fat tends to accumulate in the lower stomach after a pregnancy, or due to old age and poor eating habits. The abdominal muscles can also be tightened during this procedure.
You will need to fulfill certain physical requirements before being considered for this surgery. A person must be in good physical health, no diseases or medical conditions, and be able to have a realistic discussion with their surgeon. The patient needs to be stable for a mental standpoint, as well, due to the chance of an after surgery depression period.
Is there an age limit?
There are not any age limits, but doctors recommend that women should wait until after they’ve finished giving birth to children before receiving this procedure. The patient should also be someone who has already lost weight on their own and has gone as far as they can.
How is this abdominoplasty procedure performed?
It is done under general anesthesia. Incisions are made by the belly button and hip to hip, but are typically done in such a way that they can be hidden by certain articles of clothing. The fascia is folded at the abdomen’s center to tighten the muscles. Drains are installed underneath the skin’s surface so that excess fluids can be released.
Is this a painful surgery?
This will depend on your personal tolerance. Some patients report feeling little to no pain, while others have reported moderate amounts of pain. You should expect some amount of pain and the surgeon will prescribe medication to help you with it.
How long is the recovery period?
Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks following the procedure. They are also encouraged to participate in some light walking during the recovery process. A garment, much like a girdle, is worn to speed up the healing process. Swelling, bruising and scars are to be expected, but the amount depends on the individual.
When do the results become visible?
As your swelling goes down and any drains are removed, changes will become noticeable. Since this is a more invasive procedure, it’s important to give yourself a chance to fully heal before expecting serious differences.
Do the results last?
With the proper care, your tummy tuck should last for many years. Unless you go through another severe weight gain or a pregnancy, the tummy tuck’s results should last forever. As you age, there will be some small level of relaxation, but nothing that should require any additional surgery.