When Maryland patients first begin considering a tummy tuck, they will most likely have many questions about the procedure and recovery process. We have a few answers to these frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision about moving forward with your own personal transformation.
What aesthetic goals does a tummy tuck achieve?
A tummy tuck is designed to effectively remove excess skin in the abdominal area. This area can atrophy after pregnancy, rapid weight loss, or as a result of natural aging. What this procedure aims to improve is the look and feel of the abdomen by repairing lost muscle tone and removing excess skin for a smooth, flatter look.
What are the risks?
This procedure is completed under general anesthesia, so there are some health risks involved. Other risks include swelling, excessive bleeding and infection. To reduce operative and postoperative risks, patients should be healthy, active individuals and should follow all instructions from their plastic surgeon.
What makes a good candidate for surgery?
For many patients, time is needed for the body to bounce back from a profound physical change such as childbirth or rapid weight loss. For post-pregnancy candidates, doctors advise that they complete breast feeding before considering the surgery. They also discourage surgery if the patient plans to have more children. For candidates on a weight loss program, patients are encouraged to complete their goal program and wait at least 4-6 months before scheduling the surgery.
What are the results?
Results largely depend on your customized surgical plan. However, once you have fully recovered, results can last for years as long as you do not become pregnant or gain excessive weight. Recovery usually extends anywhere from six weeks to six months after surgery. Healed scars are generally hidden by underwear and bathing suits.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Maryland plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte can help you achieve your unique aesthetic goals. We encourage you to discuss your questions and concerns with us during an initial consultation at our offices.