Many individuals in the Concord area strive to obtain a flat abdomen through diet and exercise, though these methods are not always successful. For patients with an abdomen that is saggy or protruding, a tummy tuck procedure may be able to help.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure done by Dr. Narasimhan to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. It can also be used to correct separated or weakened abdominal muscles for a flatter and smoother abdomen.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Candidates for a tummy tuck include those who are experiencing loose or sagging skin, excess fat, or a protruding abdomen due to aging, hereditary, pregnancy, prior surgery, or significant weight fluctuations. Patients should be at a healthy weight, and be a non-smoker. A consultation is needed to best determine if this procedure is right for you.
It is important to understand that a tummy tuck should not be used as a weight loss solution, and is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle.
How is a Tummy Tuck Done?
A tummy tuck can be done with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. An incision will be created horizontally between the pubic hairline and navel. The exact shape and length of the incision will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. Abdominal skin will then be lifted, and weakened abdominal muscles will be repaired. In some cases, a second incision may be necessary to remove excess upper abdomen skin. Skin will then be pulled down, and excess skin trimmed away for a smoother abdomen appearance.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Following a tummy tuck, swelling, bruising, and discomfort may occur. Pain medication can be prescribed to help diminish any discomfort. It is recommended that patients avoid exercise for three to four weeks. Final results can often be seen after six weeks. It is important that patients follow Concord Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Narasimhan’s instructions to ensure optimal results.
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