After losing a significant amount of weight, you may still struggle to achieve your ideal body shape. Loose and sagging skin around your abdominal area can leave you looking less than contoured. Stubborn fat pockets are another common problem. It seems like no matter how strenuous your exercises are, you have an embarrassing stomach bulge. Dr. Somenek and Dr. Pittman understand this common body issue and have solutions that can help you look and feel your best.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a common procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen. It’s not a weight loss procedure, instead, it helps to contour and shape your abdomen.
The outpatient procedure takes between two and three hours, and it is minimally invasive. A horizontal incision is made across your lower abdomen. A second incision is made above your belly button. The excess skin between the two incisions is removed, and your abdominal muscles are tightened. The upper skin is brought down to create a contoured shape, and a new belly button is created.
After the healing process, you are left with a smoother and flatter abdomen.
What is the Recovery Period After a Tummy Tuck?
You will have a recovery period after undergoing a tummy tuck. Bruising and swelling can persist for several weeks. After resting for a couple of days, you can resume most normal activities but avoid strenuous exercises.
A compression garment will help aid in healing and protect the stitches. The compression garment can also help with pain relief. You should expect to feel some discomfort for a few weeks after the procedure.
After around six to ten weeks, you should start noticing your new, smoother, more contoured shape.
Contact Somenek and Pittman for a Consultation
A tummy tuck can help you get your shape back after weight loss or pregnancy. It’s a common cosmetic surgery that produces amazing results.
To learn more about a tummy tuck and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact the Washington, DC office online or call 202-933-5934 for a consultation.