Is a tummy tuck right for you? If you're not sure whether you should schedule this cosmetic procedure, take a look at the top questions patients have answered.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Also. know an abdominoplasty, this surgical procedure can reduce fat and extra skin in the stomach area. It can also restore separated abdominal muscles. The result is a firmer, smoother appearance.
How Popular Are Abdominoplasty Procedures?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2019 there were 123,427 abdominoplasty procedures performed. While this number doesn't make abdominoplasty the most popular procedure (breast augmentation was the most performed cosmetic surgery in 2019), it is within the top 10.
Who Should Get a Tuck Surgery?
Abdominoplasty isn't the best option for everyone. Adults with extra abdominal skin, those who've had significant weight fluctuations, or have weak connective tissue in the stomach are potential candidates for this type of surgery. If you have plans to lose more than just a few pounds in the near future you may get pregnant soon, already have abdominal scar tissue, or have some types of chronic conditions.
Will Abdominoplasty Provide Permanent Weight Loss?
Simply stated—no. Abdominoplasty is ideal for people who've already lost weight and have stubborn belly fat or excess skin in the area. While it can reduce or eliminate excess abdominal weight, this cosmetic procedure isn't a permanent solution. Failure to maintain a healthy diet and exercise can result in weight gain in the stomach area.
What Can You Expect from the Recovery Process?
Like any other surgery, a tummy tuck will result in the need for some downtime. The surgeon will provide you with precise post-procedure instructions. Follow these for the best results. If you have questions about the recommended recovery directions, talk to the doctor before your procedure date. These will include information on post-surgical activity, wound care, and long-term effects.
Most tummy tucks are outpatient procedures done in hospitals or surgical centers. This means you can go home after the procedure. You'll sleep through the surgery, making it painless. After the abdominoplasty, you may feel groggy and will need another responsible adult to drive you home.
The recovery process can take weeks or longer. Along with a dressing on the surgical site, some patients will need drains to remove excess fluid or blood. If you have a drain, the medical provider will explain how to care for the tube and when to empty it. You may need to sleep or nap at an angle to reduce the risk of blood clot formation in the days following the surgery.