For most people, even those who regularly exercise and limit the intake of fats and sugars, the abdomen is a difficult area to keep toned and flat.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a type of plastic surgery that serves to tighten up the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin and fatty
Dr. Ramin Behmand, serving patients from Walnut Creek and San Francisco, can perform a tummy tuck on patients who are
otherwise healthy and are found to be good candidates for the procedure. A tummy tuck may be right for you if you have:
- Loose or weak stomach muscles due to aging or pregnancy
- Sagging or excess skin in the abdominal area
- Fat in the lower abdomen that is unresponsive to exercise
As with a breast lift, you should postpone a tummy tuck if you are a woman who is planning to become pregnant in the future; pregnancy after a tummy tuck can damage the tightened muscles and cause need for additional surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Behmand, be sure to mention any previous abdominal surgeries or cesarean sections that you have had.
Scars from these operations might affect the success of your tummy tuck.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
The incision for a tummy tuck is similar for most patients; Dr. Behmand will place a horizontal incision just above the pubic area. The length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Because we respect the aesthetic wishes of our patients, the tummy tuck incisions for both men and women can be hidden within the area normally covered by a swimsuit.
Dr. Behmand then brings together the loose muscles and connective tissue and secures them in their new locations with stitches. Once the muscles are taut, Dr. Behmand can remove the excess skin from the abdomen.
The completed tummy tuck will give you a firm, toned-looking abdomen and a trim waistline.
Recovery after a Tummy Tuck
Most patients find that their abdominal muscles feel extremely tight after a tummy tuck procedure. It is important that you make efforts to get out of bed and walk around in the days after surgery; doing so will aid your circulation and help your muscles to get used to their new positions.
Allow two weeks or so for bruising and swelling to subside. You should avoid lifting and bending for three or four weeks. After this time, your body will have healed enough that you can resume most non-strenuous forms of activity. During your initial consultation, you can tell Dr. Behmand about your lifestyle. He will be able to give you personalized recovery advice.
As the tummy tuck healing process progresses, you will notice a clear difference in how you look and how your clothes fit. Many patients find that a tummy tuck improves their self-esteem and makes them feel less self-conscious about their appearances.
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