If you have extra skin or fat in your abdominal area from pregnancy, age, or excess weight loss, you might be a good candidate for a tummy tuck with Whitlock Cosmetic Center. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can eliminate the appearance of a protruding abdomen or sagging skin that won’t go away no matter how much you diet or exercise. A tummy tuck can also restore weakened muscles, compromised by pregnancy, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Are you a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal patient that will benefit from a Tummy Tuck may have…
- A stomach that is out of proportion in comparison to the rest of the body
- An excess of fatty tissue in the stomach area
- Sagging or excess abdominal skin either from pregnancy or weight loss
- Weakened abdominal muscles as the result of pregnancy
- Excess stretch marks
A Tummy Tuck is performed under general anesthesia and is often combined with liposuction to reduce fatty deposits in other areas. Two incisions are made then the skin and abdominal muscles are separated. The muscles are tightened by stitching them together. Excess skin is removed then the remainder is stretched over and stitched in place. Dr. Whitlock will restructure the belly button if needed to match your new youthful, flat stomach.
A Tummy Tuck can be full or partial (fat is located primarily below the belly button) and the extent will determine the length of the surgery. Typical surgery time is 2-3 hours.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
After the surgery, you may experience a bit of pain along with some swelling or bruising. Most patients are able to return to work within a month’s time and can resume more rigorous activities in about two months. Scars from the surgery eventually fade after a year or two.
The surgery is generally successful as long as the patient follows a balanced eating plan and maintains a regular regimen of exercise after undergoing the procedure.
Call today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Whitlock who will determine if you are a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck and patiently answer any questions you may have. Our staff will discuss costs and payment options so that you can make an informed decision.