A tummy tuck is a serious surgical procedure. It involves a long recovery process that can last several months. For people who deal with loose, excess abdominal skin or damaged abdominal muscles, though, the recovery is worth the results.
At Kramer Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kramer takes pride in helping his patients achieve greater self-confidence and a healthier body image through his work. Dr. Kramer wants his patients to be as informed as possible about tummy tucks, the recovery they entail, and the results you can expect. This blog details their recovery process to help you optimize your results and enjoy the body you’ve worked for. Continue reading What Can I Expect From Tummy Tuck Recovery?
If you have loose, excess skin around your abdomen following weight loss or childbirth, it may be frustrating as diet and exercise fail to eliminate it. However, you don’t have to live with it. A tummy tuck could deliver the cosmetic results you want and dramatically improve your self-confidence.
As one of Boise’s top plastic surgeons, Dr. Jonathan Kramer has seen firsthand the positive effect a tummy tuck can have on his patients. If you’re struggling with the embarrassment of loose skin around your abdomen, Dr. Kramer can help you achieve the flat, toned stomach that will make you proud to look in the mirror. He serves Boise and surrounding areas of Idaho. Call (208) 344-4900 today to schedule a consultation.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck could improve your life in numerous ways, including:
- Elimination of loose, hanging skin around the abdomen
- More toned, fit appearance
- Tighter abdominal muscles
- Improvement in the appearance of stretch marks
- Removal of C-section scars
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Generally, tummy tuck candidates:
- Are in good overall health
- Have excess skin around their abdomen
- Have stretched or damaged abdominal muscles they want to repair
- Are at or near their target body weight
- Maintain an active lifestyle and eat a healthy diet
You should also talk to Dr. Kramer about whether you plan to have children in the future. A tummy tuck will not negatively affect a future pregnancy, but the physical stress of pregnancy and childbirth could adversely impact your cosmetic results. For that reason, Dr. Kramer recommends that women wait to undergo a tummy tuck until after they’re done having kids.
Furthermore, you should not smoke if you want to get a tummy tuck. If you do smoke, you should be prepared to quit before your surgery and throughout your recovery. Smoking can negatively affect your healing process.
What to Expect from the Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tucks are outpatient procedures performed under general anesthesia. They should take about two hours. First, Dr. Kramer will make a horizontal incision across your abdominal region, beneath your belly button and above your pubic area. He’ll repair any stretched or damaged abdominal muscles to strengthen that area.
Then, Dr. Kramer will reshape the underlying tissue to create a firmer contour. If necessary, he’ll perform liposuction to remove surplus abdominal fat. Finally, he’ll trim away the excess skin, pull the remaining skin tight, and suture it back together.
Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
Every person’s tummy tuck recovery is unique, and how long it takes until you’re fully healed depends on several factors. First, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after your surgery, as well as stay with you for the rest of the day in case you need assistance.
Dr. Kramer will give you a support garment to wear through the initial part of your recovery. This will help reduce swelling and inflammation. You should sleep upright, either in a recliner or propped up by pillows, for the first few days after your surgery, as well.
As soon as you feel up to light activity, you should start going on walks every three to four hours. This will stimulate blood flow and help improve your healing process. In the weeks after recovery, you’ll be able to increase your activity level gradually. You should be able to return to work about two to three weeks after surgery and resume strenuous exercise after six weeks.
Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation Today
Dr. Kramer is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the body they’ve always wanted to have. A tummy tuck could drastically improve your self-esteem and body image. You deserve the confidence that comes with feeling good about your body. Dr. Kramer serves Boise and surrounding areas of Idaho. Call (208) 344-4900 today to schedule a consultation.
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