A sagging, protruding abdomen can occur with age, after pregnancy or surgery, or after significant weight loss. If you’re overweight, losing pounds and exercising are still good strategies for loosing belly fat. But these methods may not give you the result you want, especially if they leave you with excess skin. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can remove that skin and excess fat, and give you a firmer abdominal profile.
For a tummy tuck, Dr. Marshall will make an incision that begins near one hip, follows natural body creases to just above your pubic area and then continues up to the other hip. Most of the skin and fat between that incision and your belly button will be removed, and the underlying rectus (6-pack) muscles will be tightened with sutures. Dr. Marshall will then pull down the skin from above and suture it to the skin below. A small incision is made for a new location for your belly button, which is brought through and sutured in place.
Your incision may be longer or shorter depending on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. In some cases, excess skin and fat at the side of the abdomen, known as “love handles” will also be removed.
After your surgery, you should avoid strenuous activity for four to six weeks. Swelling is normal during this time, and may take longer to resolve. Dr. Marshall will give you specific instructions on how to care for your tummy tuck incision, and he will follow you during your recovery to make sure that you are progressing as planned.
The results of a tummy tuck are usually long lasting, especially in people who maintain a stable weight, healthy eating habits, and exercise.
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