Tummy Tuck Boston
When you want to improve the look of your belly and diet and exercise aren’t the answer, the best solution may be to opt for an abdominoplasty. Also known as a tummy tuck, this procedure removes loose skin, stretch marks, and belly fat bringing you towards a toned and flat stomach.
This procedure addresses excess sagging skin and fat in the abdominal region. Diets and exercise routines are important, but cannot reduce significant amounts of loose skin such as after substantial weight loss, pregnancy, or when nothing else works to tone up your mid section.
Why Patients Choose Abdominoplasty
As a person grows older, the muscles in their abdomen become weaker and start to sag. This can cause a noticeable abdominal bulge. On top of that, the elasticity of your skin declines, leading to sagging of the overlying skin. Pockets of excess stubborn fat can also form in the abdominal region.
With pregnancy, expansion of the abdomen over 9 months causes the muscles of the abdominal wall to separate and become weak. The skin stretches and expands rapidly as well, and after childbirth, it often cannot shrink back down to where it was. Fast stretching with pregnancy can cause scars known as “stretch marks”/
Sagging abdominal skin, excess fat, drooping muscles, and stretch marks can often have a negative impact on self-confidence. It can be difficult to hide these issues in form fitting clothing, at the gym, or in swimwear at the beach or pool. Fortunately, abdominoplasty can help.
The Abdominoplasty Process
Abdominoplasty is typically done in our state of the art surgery center using either general or sedation anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, incisions are commonly made from hipbone to hipbone and around the bellybutton in a way that will hide the resulting scars well. In fact, you will likely be asked to bring your favorite underwear or bikini bottoms so that the doctor can make sure the incision will hide well.
Internal sutures are used to tighten and reconnect the muscles of the abdominal wall. Liposuction removes excess fatty tissue, and then the excess skin is tailored back into position. Once everything is in place and the skin and muscles are properly tightened, everything is closed with carefully placed stitches.
Recovering from Abdominoplasty
Once you get an abdominoplasty, you will probably be feeling like you want to get back on your feet as fast as possible. However, it’s best to keep in mind that the rate of recovery depends on how well you take care of yourself during the healing process.
Make sure you follow the doctor’s instructions during your recovery period.
For the next six weeks after the procedure, you will need to wear an abdominal binder, which is a compressive dressing like a girdle or “Spanx”. This will help to reduce swelling and bruising and permit your scar to heal as invisibly as possible. During sleep, it can be helpful to slightly elevate your upper body and keep your knees bent. You can make this easier by placing pillows underneath your knees. It’s like sleeping in a “beach chair”.
Drink plenty of water every day during recovery and stick to a healthy diet. Try to include all types of vegetables and fresh fruits, which will give your body the nutrients it needs to heal properly. You can also take vitamin C and vitamin A supplements to reduce the duration of the recovery period.
Try to walk for a short time every day after the surgery in order to ensure proper blood flow and avoid complications. Stay away from strenuous activities such as lifting heavy weights or vigorous exercise. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, since these can hamper the healing process.
Schedule a Consultation
Abdominoplasty is an excellent way to restore a trim figure. To set up your abdominoplasty consultation with Dr. Spiegel, get in touch today and schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad you did so why wait?
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