The amount of men undergoing surgical procedures, such as a Abdominoplasty, has increased a tremendous amount over the past few years. Physical appearance and self-confidence go hand in hand. Weight fluctuations and the effects of ageing have taken their toll on our bodies, our skin and underlying muscles have stretched and will never return to their original shape no matter how hard we diet and exercise.
Whether it be excess, saggy skin from lack of skin elasticity, pooling skin due to massive weight loss or weakened abdominal muscles due to age or weight gain, Abdominoplasty surgery may be the answer you are looking for. Get the body you want and the look you deserve. A tummy tuck will leave you with a firmer and flatter abdomen and will boost your confidence at the gym, beach and bedroom. Excess skin will be removed and the abdominal muscles will be tightened back up.
How is the Tummy Tuck procedure performed?
During a Tummy Tuck, an incision is made horizontally along the lower abdomen. The length of the scar depends on how much excess skin needs to be removed. Through this incision, excess fat is removed with Liposuction and over- stretched tissue holding the muscles in place are tightened. Excess skin is the removed. In some cases with a larger amount of excess skin an incision around the navel will be made to allow the maximum amount of skin to be removed. In other cases, a “mini” Abdominoplasty can be performed with a smaller incision and a shorter recovery period. The lower abdominal incisions will be placed so that shorts and underwear will cover the scar. Your personal consultation with Dr. Anthony P. Lockwood or Dr. Avi Islur will provide you with all the details of the Abdominoplasty procedure and its options.
What will I look and feel like after a Tummy Tuck?
Every individual patient varies in degree of bruising and healing, so there is no perfect answer. However, we can offer a general outline of what to expect after a Tummy Tuck surgery.
In the first day or two, you may be encouraged to get up and move around to initiate the healing process. Standing up straight is not recommended but you will be able to walk. Any quick movements or heavy lifting must be avoided for 4-6 weeks. Dr. Lockwood or Dr. Islur will prescribe medication to control any discomfort. Your will notice some swelling and bruising. During the first 5-10 days, bruising and swelling will reach its highest point and begin to subside. Within 7-10 days stitches and drainage tubes may be removed. You will be asked to wear a compression garment for the first 4 weeks after surgery. This will help will swelling and healing.
After a couple of weeks, you will increase your activity. However, strenuous activities are prohibited for at least 6 weeks. You will experience a significant reduction in bruising and swelling, and your results will begin to take shape.
Several months after your Tummy Tuck, you can resume more vigorous activities and exercise. The incision will begin to lighten and fade.
Are there other alternatives to a Tummy Tuck?
The only other alternative is Liposuction, which can only remove excess fat, but will not eliminate the loose skin. You may be a good candidate for a Liposuction procedure if your skin still has Liposuction is usually recommended.
What kind of follow up care will I need after a Tummy Tuck?
You will return to Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Islur’s office for a postoperative visit within the first week after surgery and then periodically to monitor your progress over the next month or so. It is very important to attend these visits to be certain you are caring for the incision area properly and avoiding sun exposure and other harmful activities.
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