Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals who have excess skin or fat on their abdomen that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise can often benefit from a tummy tuck procedure. Candidates should be finished having children, as future pregnancy can affect tummy tuck results. It is important to understand that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese. A consultation with Dr. Homas can determine if this procedure is right for you.
The traditional curved abdominoplasty incision is made from hip to hip horizontally above the pubic hairline. A second incision is made around the navel to facilitate removal of excess skin from the upper abdomen. Through these incisions, excess skin and fat will be removed and weakened or separated abdominal muscles will be repaired. There are also two other tummy tuck techniques that can be performed: the mini tummy tuck and the extended tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is performed on people who are already slim who have a belly pooch on their lower abdomen. This procedure does not remove excess fat or skin from the belly button, and the incision is shorter. Because of this, recovery time is often reduced.
Extended Tummy Tuck
The extended tummy tuck is done for those who have experienced massive weight loss. The incision is made longer to address excess skin and fat in the love handles and hips. Because this procedure is more extensive than a traditional or mini tummy tuck, recovery time will be longer, but results will be more dramatic.
After a tummy tuck procedure, swelling and redness will occur. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Drains may also be placed to collect any excess fluid drainage during recovery. You will need to wear a special compression garment to help reduce swelling as well. Most patients take about two weeks off from work, however, recovery will differ from patient to patient.