Surgical Procedures

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

An abdominoplasty, otherwise known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region while also restoring weakened or separated muscles of the area in order to create a more smooth and firm appearance.

Causes

Typically, individuals will elect for a tummy tuck surgery in order to improve their physical appearance. This appearance can decline for a variety of reasons including:

  • Aging
  • Pregnancy
  • Heredity
  • Prior surgery
  • Dramatic weight loss

Best Candidates

A patient may undergo this procedure for any number of personal reasons. However, we often find that the ideal candidates for a tummy tuck surgery find themselves in one of the following situations:

  • You have lost significant weight from proper diet and exercise but are still unable to lose your protruding abdomen
  • Pregnancy has left your muscles and skin stretched out and saggy
  • Following a significant weight loss you now have large amounts of excess skin that loosely hangs around your abdomen
  • Despite being in excellent health you still possess a belly that “sticks out”

Recovery

Abdominoplasties are often performed as an outpatient procedure, which means that you will likely return home just a few hours after your surgery.

You can expect to feel sore for the first full week after surgery. It is ideal to rest for a majority of your recovery time, although light activity such as walking around the house is often encouraged to maintain good blood flow throughout the body.

It is best to wait roughly 2-4 weeks until returning to work. This timeframe depends slightly on your particular job, as those without much required activity may be more suitable after 2 weeks.

Since many new mothers undergo a tummy tuck after pregnancy, it should also be stressed that you should not lift your child too soon after surgery in order to avoid stretching of the incision site or possible bleeding and swelling near the site.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are looking for tummy tuck services near the Reston, VA area, please contact Dr. Wendy Gottlieb today to learn more by calling our office at (703) 668-9499.

 

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