Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
When you feel confident about your body, people around you can sense it. You can empower yourself with self-confidence by addressing your body concerns head-on. One area of the body that many people worry about is the waistline. With tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Aycock can correct sagging skin, loose abdominal muscles, and persistent belly fat that may be contributing to a poor body image. This surgery can produce a firm, flat, and shapely abdominal contour that will help you feel great about the way you look!
What can a Tummy Tuck correct?
Weak Abdominal Muscles
Weak or separated abdominal muscles called a rectus diastasis can create the appearance of a perpetual belly pooch. Aren’t you tired of people asking when your baby is due? While rigorous abdominal exercises may help strengthen your core muscles, only abdominoplasty can mend an abdominal wall that has become permanently separated due to pregnancy and/or weight gain. With tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Aycock will surgically tighten and pull together the separated muscles to restore a tighter shaped abdomen.
Sagging Abdominal Skin
Sagging skin in the abdominal area may result from pregnancy, aging, or weight gain followed by weight loss. A tummy tuck can trim away loose or hanging abdominal skin and tighten the remaining skin so that the abdomen lies flat. With a surgical incision hidden in the lower abdomen that is covered by most bathing suits, Dr. Aycock can permanently remove overstretched skin as well as many stretch marks.
Stubborn Belly Fat
Perhaps the most common abdominal issue of all is the stubborn belly fat that can persist despite a healthy lifestyle. This troublesome area is difficult to spot reduce, but stubborn fat can be eliminated with surgery. Dr. Aycock will incorporate liposuction into your tummy tuck procedure to permanently remove excess fat from areas like the waistline, “muffin top” and “bra fat” to improve the overall look and outcome of your tummy tuck.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
Most individuals who have good physical health, do not smoke, and have a stable body weight may be good candidates for abdominoplasty. This procedure is appropriate for either men or women who are interested in improving their abdominal contours by correcting muscle weakness/separation, loose skin, and/or stubborn fat. Tummy tuck surgery may be especially recommended to individuals for whom pregnancy, weight loss, and/or aging have caused these effects.
How much scarring should I expect?
As with any major surgery, abdominoplasty will leave a surgical scar. Dr. Aycock will take great care when placing the incision so that it may be hidden by most clothing. The degree of scarring may vary from individual to individual. For most patients, surgical scars will fade significantly over time.
How long is abdominoplasty recovery?
Most people plan to take two weeks off from work to recover from a tummy tuck. You will need to hold off on strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for six weeks after surgery. Dr. Aycock will be there through every step of your recovery to monitor your condition and let you know when it is safe to resume your preferred activities.
What are the risks of abdominoplasty?
The risk of complications exists with any surgery. Risks associated with tummy tuck surgery include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, scarring, swelling, numbness, pain, skin discoloration, and suboptimal aesthetic results. Patient safety is a number one priority and in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon, these risks are significantly reduced. Dr. Aycock will discuss the benefits and risks of abdominoplasty with you before your procedure so that you can determine whether this procedure is right for you.
What type of tummy tuck do I need?
Most people interested in tummy tuck surgery are candidates for a full tummy tuck. This will be the case for you if you have weak or separated abdominal muscles as well as persistent fat and loose skin in both your upper and lower abdomen. However, if you only have separated muscles without much extra skin you may be a candidate for a mini tummy tuck. The mini tummy tuck leaves a smaller scar similar to a C-section and can produce excellent results in appropriate candidates.
Can I have children after a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck will not prevent you from becoming pregnant in the future. However, having children after abdominoplasty is usually discouraged because a future pregnancy may reverse the results of your tummy tuck. Dr. Aycock generally recommends that you wait to undergo abdominoplasty until you have finished having children so that you can enjoy the long-term results from your tummy tuck procedure.
How long do the results last?
The results of a tummy tuck are typically long lasting. The best way to ensure long-lasting results is to avoid future pregnancy and weight gain. Adopt a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular exercise to help maintain your surgical results.
"Each woman has a different ideal and her own individual anatomy. I listen to you and your body to find options for beautiful and natural results. "
- Joyce Aycock, MD