A strict diet and exercise program will help you burn calories and shed weight, but what happens when you are left with extra fat and soft tissue that won’t seem to go away? An abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is one of the few treatments that can help patients who are struggling with loose folds of skin and other soft tissue along their midsection. With the proper aftercare, the results of this amazing procedure could last for the rest of your life.
The Truth About Tightening Creams
There are thousands of products on the market designed to firm and tone skin. While the idea of a miracle cream is appealing, very few of these products do anything other than moisturize your skin. For the loose skin to disappear on its own, it cannot have stretched beyond its natural elasticity. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. If your folds of skin have not disappeared within a few months, then you will most likely need a professional procedure, such as a tummy tuck.
Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty can either be carried out as a standalone surgery or combined with a number of other treatments. Those who are still struggling with a lot of extra fat might want to have liposuction carried out as well.
After you have been made comfortable through anesthesia, our board-certified plastic surgeon will begin the process of removing fat and excess skin, and then repositioning your muscles. This is a delicate process that may take anywhere from two to four hours. When the surgeon is satisfied with the position of the soft tissue, the remaining skin is pulled tight.
The ideal abdominoplasty candidate is a healthy adult who has made progress toward their aesthetic goals but continues to struggle with loose skin. Any patients who have had previous surgeries on their stomach will need to speak with our plastic surgeon during the initial consultation to see if they are eligible for this procedure.
Patients will be given medication to help them manage any discomfort they feel in the days after their surgery. You should plan on avoiding all physical activities for the first few weeks. Once you have recovered, our surgeon will give you the final confirmation that your body has properly healed. The final result will be a slimmer, more toned appearance.
Get All the Facts About Abdominoplasty
The office of Dr. J. Anthony Stephens, MD is committed to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. During a consultation at our office in Baton Rouge, we will be happy to review the condition of your stomach and then determine if a tummy tuck is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!