4 things to know before getting a tummy tuck - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

4 things to know before getting a tummy tuck

Larry Weinstein MD FACSYou exercise. You eat right. But even that strict diet can’t help with loose, sagging skin around the abdomen. If you’ve been wanting a flat and toned abdomen, consider starting the New Year with a new you by consulting with Dr. Weinstein about a tummy tuck. Here are a few things you should know before getting this popular cosmetic surgery:

A tummy tuck can boost body image

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is the best way to remove excess skin from the abdomen area after weight loss or pregnancy. The surgeon also tightens the fascia surrounding the muscles along the abdominal wall during this time.

A tummy tuck is not an alternative to weight loss

It’s ideal for women who are done with childbearing and want to tighten abdominal muscles and reduce skin. It’s also suitable for men and women who are in good health and have lost a significant amount of weight but still have excess fat or loose skin around their belly. If you are planning on losing a substantial amount of weight or becoming pregnant, you will want to wait to get a tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck can be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures

Liposuction may be done at the same time as a tummy tuck because it removes fat while a tummy tuck removes skin. A “Mommy Makeover,” is a combination of breast, hip and tummy procedures, including breast augmentation with or without lift, breast reduction, liposuction and tummy tuck. This all-in-one procedure is popular because it offers one recovery time instead of individual recoveries.

It may take a while to get back to feeling like your old self. A tummy tuck is a major surgery

If you are in good physical condition, you will find recovery is much faster. Some people can return to work in just two weeks, while others return to work in three or four weeks. Exercise will help you recover and heal faster by reducing the chance of blood clots, toning your muscles and reducing swelling. Just make sure you ease into it and avoid vigorous exercise until cleared by the surgeon.

Tummy tuck results can be life-changing and last a long time if you exercise and eat a balanced diet. If you’re ready to learn more about having a tummy tuck and other procedures to help you look and feel your best, contact our office today at (908) 879-2222 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weinstein.

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