A tummy tuck may not be the best solution for everyone. It is important that if you are considering an abdominoplasty, you are prepared to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen and do not plan to have any more children. This is crucial to long-lasting results as significant weight fluctuation will compromise the effects of the procedure.
What to Expect during Abdominoplasty
Prior to beginning your procedure, you will be provided with anesthesia for your safety as your muscles should be completely relaxed. During the surgery, Dr. Hardy will make a horizontal incision a few inches below the navel that extends from hip to hip. However, he will use his advanced surgical skills to ensure that scarring is as minimal as possible and is easily hidden.
By removing excess fat and skin, abdominoplasty can help you achieve a smoother, firmer midsection.
The doctor will then remove excess skin, tighten weakened abdominal muscles, and extract unwanted fat. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, he may also move the belly button for the most flattering results. Finally, the skin will be sutured closed and a surgical drain may be put in place. The entire procedure typically takes about three hours to complete.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Patients should expect to take about two weeks off from work as they will need to rest with minimal activity. You will also need to follow strict guidelines to prevent complications including:
- Emptying your drainage tube approximately two to three times per day.
- Changing bandages throughout the day as needed to ensure hygienic conditions.
- Drinking eight to 16 glasses of water per day.
- Ceasing showering for two to three days or as instructed.
- Avoiding smoking or using tobacco products for at least two weeks.
Our team will provide you with full post-operative instructions and answer any questions to ensure that you are set up for success.
Improve Your Figure with Dr. Hardy & His Team
At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide the highest quality surgical care that is catered to you. Begin planning your tummy tuck with our team by contacting us online or calling us today at (406) 728-3811.