If loose or hanging skin is getting in the way of having the flat and toned abdomen you want, a tummy tuck may be an effective solution. Losing a large amount of weight or having children can cause the skin along the abdomen to lose elasticity and droop or sag. Dr. Leo Farrell can customize a tummy tuck procedure plan to help you achieve the slim and healthy looking figure you deserve.
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Why Consider a Tummy Tuck?
Have multiple pregnancies or major weight fluctuations stretched your muscles and skin? If so, a tummy tuck may help decrease the skin and tighten your abdominal muscles. Once skin has lost its elasticity and muscles have become outstretched, diet and exercise often cannot improve the condition of the abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can help give you the well-contoured appearance you desire.
How Is a Tummy Tuck Performed?
You’ll meet with Dr. Farrell in Mechanicsburg for a consultation. Discuss your goals with him and ask for his opinion on your best option for tummy tuck surgery.
The first option is a complete abdominoplasty. Dr. Farrell will make a horizontal incision in your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone a few inches below your belly button. From here, Dr. Farrell can repair the underlying muscles and then remove any excess skin and tissue before closing your incisions. Liposuction may also be used to remove any stubborn deposits of excess fat.
The other option Dr. Farrell may recommend is a mini abdominoplasty. The incision for a mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) is smaller than that of a full abdominoplasty because this procedure only deals with excess skin below the belly button. Dr. Farrell may use an endoscope (telescoping surgical camera) during this procedure.
What Is the Tummy Tuck Recovery Process Like?
It will take a while to fully recover from a tummy tuck procedure. You will need to be able to arrange for some time off from work and should avoid exercise and unnecessary physical activity for about a month.
When Will You Notice Tummy Tuck Results?
You should notice an immediate change in the shape of your body and the tightness of your skin, but there will be some initial bruising and swelling following your tummy tuck procedure. Your scar will also be very apparent at this time. However, these effects will continue to fade as your body heals, and the scar will gradually fade and flatten with time. Your scar should be easily hidden beneath most underwear and bikini bottoms, so you should not have to worry about it being obvious.
How to Get Started with a Tummy Tuck in Mechanicsburg
To get started with a Tummy Tuck in Mechanicsburg, contact Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center today.