The overall number 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. Whether we are male or female, weight fluctuations and the effects of ageing take their toll on our bodies. Our skin and underlying muscle structure can stretch, and once this happens, they will never return to their original shape no matter how hard we diet and exercise.
Whether it be excess saggy skin from lack of elasticity, or 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 reanchored which will tighten and tone them to their origional status.
How is the Tummy Tuck procedure performed?
During a Tummy Tuck, an incision is made horizontally along the lower abdomen, hidden below the “bikini” or “shorts” line. The length of the scar depends on how much excess skin needs to be removed. Through this incision, loose saggy skin is excised, excess fat is removed with Liposuction and over- stretched muscle tissue that should be holding the abdominal cavity in place are tightened. 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?
No matter how much information we provide you with there will never be a perfect answer to this question. No one patient will heal the same nor will they feel the same level of pain, therefor healing time also varies in degree of bruising and swelling. 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 and to avoid DVT (deep vein thrombosis) from forming. Standing up straight is not recommended but you are encouraged to walk. Quick movements or heavy lifting must be avoided for 4-6 weeks post surgery. Dr. Lockwood or Dr. Islur will prescribe medication to control any discomfort you may experience. You will notice some swelling and bruising. During the first 5-10 days, bruising and swelling will reach its highest point then gradually subside. Within the first 3 to 5 days drainage tubes may be removed and suture removal will occur within the 10 to 14 days post surgery. You will be asked to wear a compression garment for the first 4 weeks after surgery to help with swelling, healing and your overall contour.
After a 2 weeks you will increase your activity. However, strenuous activities are prohibited for at least 6 weeks post tummy tuck. You will experience a significant reduction in bruising and swelling, and your results will begin to take shape. The incision point (scars) should 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 or hanging skin. You may be a good candidate for the Liposuction procedure if your skin still has good elasticity and you are looking to simply contour areas of your body.
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 are following proper post surgery protocol.
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