May 2, 2015
At his Houston office, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Rojan Amjadi explains the procedure and expected recovery time of the tummy tuck, an increasingly common procedure. Tummy tuck surgery is also referred to as abdominoplasty. It removes excess fat and skin to restore weakened or separated muscles, which results in a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. Today’s generation typically strives for a flat and well-toned abdomen through diet, exercise, and weight control. Unfortunately, however, these methods don’t always achieve our personal beauty and/or fitness goals. A protruding abdomen, loose skin, or sagging skin do not only affect aging individuals, but even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportions.
The most common triggers that cause people to consider the tummy tuck procedure include aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery, and significant fluctuations in weight.
The tummy tuck procedure follows this sequence: The patient is administered anesthesia prior to the surgery. Once the incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and the belly button, the excess fat is surgically removed. The incisions are then closed using stitches, skin adhesives, and tapes. The results of the tummy tuck procedure include a fattened tummy and a more contoured abdomen. The patient will have an abdomen that is in actual proportion with his or her weight and body type.
The patient will need adequate time following the procedure in order to heal and have a complete recovery. After the surgery, the patient often experiences moderate to severe pain and a swollen abdomen. The surgeon will provide a painkiller and antibiotic to minimize pain and promote healing. After several days, the swelling decreased and pain dissipates. Patients may experience bruising after the surgery, but this will disappear after a week or two. All aforementioned side effects are a normal part of the recovery process and should not cause concern. There is a small risk of mental depression but this can be prevented with adequate discussion with the surgeon over expectations.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery has a longer recovery time than most other similar procedures. Many patients remain stooped over for over a week, and cannot engage in physical activity for 10-15 days. It is typical to require one to two months to return to normal activity and work. Even if the patient feels well enough to engage in physical activity sooner, this is not recommended as it can cause issues with recovery. The tummy tuck procedure recovery time is usually quite rapid, unless it is performed on a larger scale (i.e. over several areas of the body). In this case, an extended recovery time is typical. Dr. Amjadi is one of Houston's top plastic surgeons; contact his office for a consultation today.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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