When you lose a lot of weight and have excess skin, or you're just stuck with a diet-resistant flabby belly, a tummy tuck could be the answer. If you're considering a tummy tuck, the experienced team at Louisiana Center for Women's Health in West Monroe, Louisiana, can help. They perform a range of tummy tucks and other cosmetic surgeries to help you feel more confident. Call the office to arrange a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Tummy tucks are cosmetic surgical procedures known in medical terms as abdominoplasty. There are several types of tummy tucks, from a mini tummy tuck that causes minimal scarring to an extended tummy tuck that creates a large scar.
During a tummy tuck, the Louisiana Center for Women's Health team removes surplus fat and skin from your abdomen to reduce the size of your belly. They also repair weak or damaged muscles in your abdomen to make it stronger and firmer.
You might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you're generally a healthy weight but have problems reducing abdominal fat or you have loose, sagging skin on your belly. These problems may be due to:
Tummy tucks are surgical procedures, and as such, aren't suitable as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Eating a nutritious diet suitable for your activity levels and age, managing your portion sizes, and exercising regularly are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight.
However, if you're eating a healthy diet and still stuck with excess belly fat, or your skin has been stretched too far, the Louisiana Center for Women's Health team can help by performing a tummy tuck.
Tummy tucks typically take place under a general anesthetic, so you're asleep throughout the procedure.
Your surgeon begins by making a horizontal incision in your abdomen, just above the pubic hairline. They remove the surplus fat, then check the condition of your abdominal muscles, making repairs where necessary.
Next, your surgeon pulls the skin back up and trims away any excess. They reposition your belly button, then suture the wound. When the tummy tuck procedure is complete, you remain under observation while you shake off the anesthetic.
Various factors affect how long your recovery takes after a tummy tuck, such as:
How well you follow your aftercare instructions can also affect healing time. You should be careful not to overdo it and strain your tummy following surgery, and you may need help with daily tasks for a while.
You should be able to start driving and doing non-strenuous activities after a week or two, but you're likely to be off work for 3-4 weeks.
To determine whether a tummy tuck is right for you, call Louisiana Center for Women's Health or book an appointment online today.