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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
When patients tell us they are considering a tummy tuck, we hear statements like:
- “I work out regularly, but how many crunches does it take? My stomach just won’t budge.”
- “After having my kids, I got my weight back down, but my belly still has a bulge.”
- “I don’t drink beer, but it looks like I have a beer belly!”
- ”What can we do about this skin hanging over my bikini area?”
Do any of the above quotes sound like you? Don’t worry, we can help.
Excess skin and fat in the mid-section of the body can be particularly stubborn. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an excellent way to remove this excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen (or tummy) region when dieting and exercise yield insufficient results. A tummy tuck contours the abdominal area, making the stomach flatter and the waist slimmer. The muscles can be tightened and brought closer to the middle of your belly making them more efficient and flatter while reversing some separation that may have been caused by pregnancy or previous weight gain. If necessary, love handles can be addressed by targeted liposuction.
There are several abdominoplasty techniques and Dr. Coan has years of experience performing successful tummy tucks for both male and female patients. Your body and lifestyle are unique, so your surgical plan must be equally unique. Abdominoplasty is a very satisfying surgery that can help you fit into your clothing better while making you feel more youthful and self-confident.
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Can I walk or go up stairs after a tummy tuck?
Yes, our surgical patients are not only able to walk but encouraged to walk with assistance immediately after the procedure. In the following days and/or weeks, most patients will be instructed to walk slightly bent over at the waist to ensure a more comfortable recovery process.
Does a tummy tuck tighten muscles?
Yes, an abdominoplasty procedure includes a corset tightening and repair of the diastasis recti. This gap between the vertical muscles of the abdomen widens with childbearing or weight gain and does not typically go away. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, corrects and tightens abdominal muscles that have been stretched due to changes most often caused by either weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
Is it easier to lose weight after a tummy tuck?
While abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure, our patients find exercise to be more enjoyable after a tummy tuck. Additionally, patients tend to prefer the body contour results of a slimmer waistline, less loose skin, and tightened abdominal muscles. Patients also report achieving better results with exercise when they resume a normal exercise routine after a tummy tuck. Finally, many patients report a feeling of satiety and early fullness after an abdominoplasty procedure. This comes from the narrowing and tightening of the abdominal wall. It is much like having a tight belt on could limit how much you feel like eating during a large Thanksgiving meal.
Who is a good candidate for tummy tuck?
Patients with loose abdominal skin and/or diastases recti are good candidates for this procedure. Diastasis recti is the partial or complete separation of the large abdominal muscles. It is quite common after pregnancy, but it can also occur after rapid and dramatic weight gain. An abdominoplasty corrects these concerns, as they do not respond to normal exercise.
When can I start working out after tummy tuck?
We advise patients to wait until 6 weeks after surgery to resume normal activity and exercise.