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4 Things to Know About Abdominoplasties


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by Dr. Steven Wallach

Two of the most common things known to wreak havoc on a womans body are: pregnancy and age. If you have lost elasticity an firmness around your middle section due to either one of these or a combination of both, you are not alone. And although it can be embarrassing to hop into a bikini in front of your friends or to even show your significant other your new lingerie, it doesn’t have to be embarrassing if you take measures into your own hands and get an abdominoplasty. What is an Abdominoplasty? An abdominoplasty, or most commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from your abdominal area in order to give you a smoother more taut looking appearance. Does it Work? The results from a tummy tuck are unlike any other surgery. In fact, your stomach will be as smooth and flat as it was in your teens and twenties. Just remember that although you have had a tummy tuck, you should still work to strengthen and support your abdominal muscles by doing abdominal workouts and exercises to strengthen your core. Is it Painful? A tummy tuck procedure is a fairly intense surgery that will require that you will be under anesthesia during the entire procedure. Although you won’t feel anything during the surgery, due to its invasive nature, it will be a semi-painful recovery process. However, your doctor will prescribe you with some painkillers in order to help you cope with any pain or discomfort you might be experiencing. What is Recovery Like? The first part of recovery from a tummy tuck is around two weeks long. During this time, you will have a drain placed into your abdomen to help drain any fluids from the incision site and to make sure that you avoid any infection. Also during this time, your doctor will keep a close eye on you in order to make sure that your body is properly healing and that your skin is tightening. If you or a loved one is interested in an abdominoplasty, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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