Bloomfield Hills, MI– A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. This outpatient surgery consists of making an incision just above the pubic hairline, taking out undesired skin and fat, possibly tightening abdominal muscles and tightening up the abdominal wall, then suturing up the cut. While results will be seen immediately, many patients wonder about the long-term outcome of this procedure.
Preparing for Success
As with any surgery, preparation will help you achieve optimal results. Detroit-area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali notes, “To obtain the best outcome possible for a tummy tuck, I strongly urge that patients get ready beforehand. While aftercare is also crucial in maintaining long-term results, pre-operative preparation is key.”
For those preparing to undergo an abdominoplasty, here are some ways to prepare:
- Smokers should stop smoking prior to surgery, ideally at least a few days beforehand.
- Those taking aspirin or other blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory medications should avoid them before surgery, as these might lead to excessive bleeding or hemorrhaging during the procedure.
- Patients should be within about 10% of their ideal weight before the surgery. This weight should be maintained as long as possible following the surgery (months, if possible).
- Patients should maintain a healthy diet immediately before and after the procedure for the best results.
Furthermore, a tummy tuck is not for everyone. Those still planning to have children should wait until they are done, as pregnancy can drastically disrupt healing after abdominoplasty. Those looking to lose a massive amount of weight should delay a tummy tuck until they are closer to their ideal weight.
“As always,” reminds Dr. Ali, “consulting with your plastic surgeon is absolutely necessary for attaining your ideal body. Your doctor will develop a care plan for you tailored exactly to your needs as well as unique anatomy and physiology.”
Since a tummy tuck requires a substantial incision and much tissue removal, patients should expect to be in recovery for about 6 weeks after surgery. Depending on what type of abdominoplasty was done, healing time and results will vary from person to person. It’s possible that final results will only be seen 6-8 months after the procedure.
During recovery, a healthy diet is essential to healing. “Please be sure to rest and drink water. Eat well, and include plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet to aid your body in achieving lasting results,” Dr. Ali asks of his patients.
Patients should also avoid strenuous activity – particularly of the abdominal area- for several weeks following surgery. It may help to elevate the abdomen when lying in bed.
“As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle post-procedure, there’s no reason a tummy tuck can’t last you the rest of your life,” says Dr. Ali.
There will be scarring, as the incisions made during tummy tucks are generally substantial. The good news is that these scars are usually quite low on the body, and can be easily hidden by undergarments and bathing suits.
The important thing is to keep new weight off. “Although fat tissue has been removed,” Dr. Ali explains, “the leftover adipose tissue can still grow with weight gain. This can happen to males and females alike and should be avoided.”
During follow-up visits with the plastic surgeon, periodic evaluations will be done to determine the success of the procedure.
While gravity and the aging process are ongoing adversaries for those who have had tummy tucks, patients can always undergo another procedure later on. “You can have your body contour reshaped throughout your life to keep the shape you love,” says Dr. Ali. “We’re happy to consult with you on these and any other aesthetic concerns you may have.”
To get started on your flatter stomach, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ali today! You can also call 855-335-7200 to speak with the office directly.
About Us: Dr. M. Azhar Ali is a Board-certified, Detroit area plastic surgeon who has won many awards. He and his team are experienced and knowledgeable aesthetic care professionals who are skilled in providing treatments like tummy tucks. The team at Amae Plastic Surgery Center offer competent and compassionate care to all patients.
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