What to Expect: Tummy Tuck

Frequently referred to as a “tummy tuck,” an abdominoplasty is a common plastic surgery option that helps to remove excess fat and skin and tighten abdominal muscles. The surgery lasts approximately 3-4 hours. Recovery time is 2-3 weeks if returning to a sedentary job and 3-4 weeks to return to other activities.

There are a variety of reasons patients choose an abdominoplasty to combat stubborn belly fat and skin. Midsections can become problematic and unappealing due to

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Stress

Long Term Results

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently reported a high rate of sustained weight loss in patients who had tummy tuck surgeries. A well-executed tummy tuck, such as those offered by Dr. Connie Hiers and her staff, will last decades as long as there are no drastic weight changes.

Tummy Tuck Options

  • Full
    • Helps to reduce belly fat above and below belly button
    • Addresses the full length of the abdominal wall
    • Utilizes a horizontal or u shaped incision that runs from hip bone to hip bone
  • Mini
    • Helps with stretch marks and excess fat below the belly button
    • Involves a single incisions made above pubic mound
    • Involves a shorter recovery time and results in a flatter lower abdomen
    • The scar can easily be hidden by swimsuit bottoms
  • Extended
    • Improves lower upper and flanks
    • Includes a longer incision
    • Can also be hidden with swimsuit bottom

Dr. Hiers’s Tummy Tuck Procedure

Interested in learning more about tummy tuck processes and procedures? At Dr. Hiers’s offices, the process will include the following:

  • 30-Minute Consultation
  • 3-4 Hour Surgery
  • 1-2 Drains Post-Surgery
  • Abdominal Binder
  • Approximately Six Follow-Up Visits

What to expect during the initial days after surgery

  • Discomfort
  • Soreness
  • Pain
  • Numb in the stomach
  • Postoperative depression

Recovery

  • 2-3 weeks to return to work if a sedentary job
  • 1-2 weeks after surgery for immediate recovery
    • Baths might not be recommended until the incision heals
    • Incisions should heal after 2 weeks
  • Avoidance of strenuous activates for the first 6 weeks
    • No tanning
    • No smoking
    • And no use of scar products
  • You will be encouraged to walk around after surgery to stop from bloat clotting
  • About 1.5 – 2 months until most normal activities can resume
  • A full year for the full effects to take place
  • No heavy lifting

To learn more about tummy tucks and the associated risks, read testimonials and view before and after photos, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns about this potentially life-changing cosmetic surgery, contact us and schedule your first consultation today. Our highly experienced staff is ready to care for you.