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Archive for October, 2009

Tummy Tucks: Flat Stomach, Smooth Process

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

You’ve exercised. You’re down to your ideal weight. And you still haven’t achieved that tight, flat stomach you imagined.

But there are a number of procedures available— from full and mini-tummy tucks to liposuction— that can help you tighten that tricky mid-section and get the slim, smooth look you want.

Abdominoplasty—better known as a “tummy tuck”— flattens the abdomen by tightening the lax skin and muscles of the abdominal wall. These may have become less taut as a result of childbirth, weight gain and loss, abdominal surgeries, and other factors.

A mini-tummy tuck, with or without liposuction, can be very useful for individuals with the small horizontal scars of C-sections or hysterectomies. These operations sometimes heal so that the skin overhangs the scar, creating a seamed, uneven appearance, which can be readily smoothed with this “mini” procedure.

Whether you would benefit from a full tummy tuck, a mini-tummy tuck– or other options, such as liposuction— depends on factors including the amount of fat currently within the abdominal region, the skin itself, your muscle tone, the length of any scarred incisions, and more. A mini-tummy tuck, for instance, doesn’t address the upper abdomen or the muscles below the navel, while both mini- and full tummy tucks remove only a small amount of fat from the body; for more than this, liposuction might be the preferred option. A personal consultation can help decide.

If our consultation determines abdominoplasty is the right choice for you, the procedure is done taking particular care to prevent scarring. This includes education on everything from scar massage to choosing the right sunscreen.

Recovery from abdominoplasty takes just two to three weeks. During this time, you can resume much of your day-to-day schedule, though it’s important to avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities, to give your procedure the opportunity to heal.

We’ll see you in our offices at least once in the first week to make sure your procedure is healing smoothly. At three weeks, you can begin a limited exercise routine. Then, by six weeks, you can typically resume your normal exercises, restriction-free.

At the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we respect the differences in our patients, and recognize that no two cases are alike. Through a personal consultation, we get to know your history, understand your goals, perform a physical consultation and present the many alternatives available to you. Let us help you discover the procedure best designed for your body and for you. Contact us today.