What Is A Tummy Tuck and What Do You Need to Know Before Getting One?

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure more formally known as an abdominoplasty. It can be done on its own or as part of a more complete procedure called the mommy makeover. A tummy tuck can be particularly helpful for somebody who has lost a lot of weight or a woman who has given birth several times.

The tummy tuck is a type of body contouring done to tighten abdominal muscles, remove fat deposits, and trim away excess skin. The results will leave the patient looking slimmer and more toned.

When you get a tummy tuck in Arlington Heights, IL, the surgeon will make an incision that extends from hip bone to hip bone. Much of the resulting scar will be hidden in the bikini area. The surgeon will then make another incision around the belly button. He or she will then remove the fat deposits and loose skin. The next step is to stitch the abdominal muscles together in order to tighten them. The surgeon will create a new belly button and stitch the remaining skin closed.

In some cases, the patient will need only a “mini-tuck,” in which the surgeon will work on the lower abdomen below the belly button.

Most patients will be able to return to work two weeks after the procedure. They should avoid exercise or heavy lifting (including hoisting small children) until the surgeon says otherwise.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The ideal candidate will be somebody in overall good health with realistic expectations. The tummy tuck is not a type of weight-loss surgery, and candidates need to be at a healthy and stable weight. Women who want tummy tucks should not be planning on having any more children, as pregnancy can undo the results of the procedure.

Contact Dr. Bradley Ashpole to learn more about a tummy tuck in Arlington Heights, or visit his website.

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