By opting for a tummy tuck Cleveland residents can tighten their abdominal area and achieve the look they desire! Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pedersen, founder of Plastic Surgeons of Akron, can help you reshape and strengthen your core through surgery.
Commonly known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to cut out extra skin and tissue in your abdominal area. This surgery is often needed for someone who has had extreme changes to their body, such as pregnancy or weight loss.
Tummy tucks are specifically meant to tighten and redefine your abdominal area to provide not just a slimmer appearance but also to tighten underlying muscles and remove scars. While a tummy tuck can be performed on its own, it's also common to combine the surgery with other procedures such as liposuctions to maximize results.
Excess skin can result from weight loss, pregnancy, aging, or even just the way your body holds on to fat. A tummy tuck offers you the ability to reshape your midsection in case diet and exercise are not enough. In addition to removing sagging skin, it can also repair weakened muscles and improve core strength. Best of all, when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Pedersen in Cleveland tummy tuck results can last a long time as long as you avoid gaining weight (which can cause fat to return to the abdominal area).
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for abdominoplasty. Instead, it's important to be close to your ideal weight and have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30. In addition, if you have chronic diabetes, a tummy tuck may also not be the best option.
It's important to note that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss surgery - it's cosmetic surgery. So while your weight may go down from removing fat and skin, it does not substitute a good diet and exercise routine, nor is it designed to improve your health. The best candidates understand that abdominoplasty is a way to address physical changes to your body rather than internal ones.
During your tummy tuck, you will be under general anesthesia and will not feel anything. Surgery can take anywhere from 2-5 hours, but you will generally be able to go home the same day once the anesthesia wears off.
Once the surgery begins, your Cleveland tummy tuck provider makes an incision and cuts away the excess skin and fat in your abdomen. After that, the doctor will reconstruct your abdominal muscles to strengthen your core. If you are also undergoing liposuction, that will also occur at the same time. After removal and reconstruction, the doctor will suture your incision(s) and send you into post-op to recover from the anesthesia.
After surgery, you will need to be off work and your regular activities for at least 1-2 weeks. This rest allows the swelling and bruising to begin to fade. You'll also need to wear a support garment to keep your sutures in place and avoid any lifting during that time. Additionally, you will need to carefully monitor how you position your body so as not to irritate your incision. You may take prescription pain medications to decrease your discomfort.
You will begin to really see the results of your tummy tuck after the swelling has gone down, which can take anywhere from several weeks to a few months. Afterward, you will notice a much slimmer and more toned tummy, with tighter skin. In addition, your clothing is likely to feel looser around your waistline, resulting in higher confidence and perhaps a shopping spree.
While it may appear daunting when faced with loose skin on your tummy that refuses to tighten, you don't have to accept this as your final appearance. Instead, consider a tummy tuck as a way to help you reach your goals and attain the shape you've been working on getting.
Board-certified Cleveland plastic surgeon, Dr. Pedersen and his team of professionals provide the highest quality of service and care, allowing you to focus on maintaining the best results possible. To find out more about how we can help get you a flatter, firmer abdomen with a tummy tuck Cleveland plastic surgeon, Dr. Pedersen, is ready to answer all your questions and address any concerns during a private consultation. Schedule one today.
How painful is a tummy tuck?
You will be asleep for the actual procedure, so shouldn't experience any pain during the procedure, but you will likely feel bruised and sore once you are awake. As your incisions heal, these sensations will fade. Pain medications can also manage them.
What are the risks?
Tummy tucks are generally safe for patients. Still, it is vital to follow doctor instructions for post-care so that you can avoid any risk of infection, excessive bleeding, allergic reactions to pain medications, or scarring.
How much does it cost for a tummy tuck?
Depending on your provider and how much skin and underlying tissue needs removal, the cost may vary. For the most precise estimate, it's best to schedule a consultation so you can get an exam.
Does my insurance cover it?
Insurance policies often cover at least some of the surgery cost if deemed medically necessary. Contact your provider to find out what your policy specifically covers.
What's the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?
A tummy tuck is more invasive than liposuction. Liposuction only addresses fat removal, while a tummy tuck rebuilds abdominal muscles and removes excess skin.
Are there similar procedures to a tummy tuck?
There are several non-surgical alternatives to a tummy tuck designed to reduce fat in the body. These include liposuction, CoolSculpting, Renuvion, or even a mini tummy tuck.
Do I need to have someone drive me home because of anesthesia?
Yes. While you will be given time to recover from anesthesia and to make sure there are no unexpected complications, you mustn't drive yourself home, especially as you are likely to feel sore and lethargic.
How many sizes can you lose with a tummy tuck?
As mentioned earlier, abdominoplasty is not a weight loss procedure. However, the surgery can take inches off of the midsection. It's not uncommon for women to lose around two to three dress sizes after their tummy tucks and for men to drop a couple of pant sizes.
What does a tummy tuck scar look like?
Depending on the individual healing abilities of a patient, abdominoplasty scars can vary significantly. The incision is placed strategically low, between the hips, so that your tummy tuck scar can be easily hidden under swimsuits and panties. As with all surgical scars, an abdominoplasty scar will never entirely disappear, but over time they become more and more thin, flat, lighter in color, and generally less noticeable.
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