What is a tummy tuck?
This surgical procedure permanently removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightens lax abdominal muscles for a flatter, tighter and more toned appearance. A tummy tuck can be used to help patients remove excess skin and some stretch marks that may linger after pregnancy or significant weight loss and helps improve the overall contour of the abdominal area.
How long do results last?
The results of the plastic surgery procedure are intended to be long-lasting. Results can be reversed by significant weight loss and the appearance of the abdominal area can be affected by the natural aging process, which may result in some patients needing a second tummy tuck.
What is the recovery period like?
It can take a long time to completely heal from a tummy tuck. We typically recommend patients plan to take at least two weeks off of work to allow their body enough time to recover. The full length of downtime required can vary from patient to patient depending on how extensive the procedure is and what the patient’s job entails. Dr. Schaffer will discuss your recovery period with you in more depth following your procedure.
Am I a candidate?
Men and women who are interested in improving their overall body contour by reducing excess skin and fat from their abdominal area are potential candidates for this treatment. We recommend that women should wait until they no longer plan to have children before having an abdominoplasty. During your initial consultation, Dr. Schaffer will review your overall health, medical history and goals of treatment and determine if a tummy tuck is the right cosmetic procedure for you.
Are you interested in learning more about tummy tucks and the other plastic surgery procedures performed at Schaffer Plastic Surgery? Contact our office in Birmingham today for further information or to schedule a consultation with a member of our expert staff. We look forward to assisting you!