For women and men alike, the abdomen, waist, and hips tend to accumulate stubborn fat. Finding clothes you feel good in can be frustrating when your middle is disproportionate to the rest of your body. Especially as the weather gets warmer, the idea of getting in a swimsuit can be anxiety-inducing. Body contouring procedures are a great way to correct imperfections that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. A tummy tuck can help you attain your aesthetic body goals and create a swimsuit-ready body. If you are considering a tummy tuck to help you get a slimmer waist and a flatter abdomen, here are a few things to know to get you started.

When is a Tummy Tuck Procedure the Right Choice?

A flat tummy.  It’s something many patients strive for through diet and exercise. Sometimes, even with lifestyle adjustments, a toned, flat stomach remains elusive. A tummy tuck removes excess skin, repairs the abdominal wall, and repositions the belly button creating a slimmer waist, flatter abdomen, and taut skin. The procedure may also indirectly remove stretch marks due to the removal of extra skin. If you are not planning to have more children, are healthy, and have maintained a stable weight, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Undergoing surgery sooner rather than later means you could be in swimsuit-ready shape right in time for those sunny weather trips in late summer. Dr. Lohner can reshape the entire midsection and waistline using a custom combination of skin tightening techniques, and in some cases, liposuction can be performed to remove excess fatty deposits. 

The Tummy Tuck Procedure and Recovery

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that will completely transform your midsection, but it is an invasive procedure which requires a more substantial recovery period (minimum of 2-weeks) with limited activity. Patients can expect to have bruising, swelling, and discomfort during this recovery period and should plan to have assistance for at least the first several days of recovery.

Is There an Ideal Time to get a Tummy Tuck?

As with most things in life, when it comes to tummy tuck surgery, preparation is key. By starting the planning process early, you better your odds of experiencing a speedy recovery. The best time for a tummy tuck is when it is convenient for you. Try to plan the surgery when you are less busy so you can heal in a relaxed environment without stress.

As soon as you start thinking about a tummy tuck, it’s time to get serious about your diet and exercise habits. Eating well, drinking more water, and staying active should be your focal point. Depending on the specifics of your surgery, you may need up to several weeks to fully recover. You need time for your incisions to heal and the swelling to subside, so you don’t want to be rushed. For optimal results, plan for at least five weeks of recovery for most of the swelling to go down. Starting the process now ensures you ample time to recover and see permanent results before the busy holiday season arrives. 

How to Plan Your Tummy Tuck Procedure

Whether you have already decided to move forward on getting a swimsuit-ready body, or you are still deciding, the next step is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Lohner is an experienced tummy tuck surgeon who uses one-on-one consultations to discuss your aesthetic goals, answer questions, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan. Dr. Lohner is currently offering virtual consultations to help you discover the swimsuit-ready body you’ve been longing for!

Dr. Ronald Lohner is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon based in Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and medical school at UMDNJ-Rutgers. Dr. Lohner holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last twelve years. His office is located at 919 Conestoga Road, Building I, Suite 200 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line.