For women and men alike, the abdomen, waist, and hips tend to accumulate stubborn fat that is difficult to lose. It can be incredibly frustrating to find clothes that you feel good in when your middle is disproportionate to the rest of your body. Body contouring procedures are a great way to attain your aesthetic body goals, especially when you are trying to correct imperfections that are unresponsive to, or cannot be fixed with, diet and exercise. 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?
Sagging skin and abdominal muscle separation (diastasis recti) are common after pregnancy or extreme weight loss. A tummy tuck removes the 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. A tummy tuck can also be combined with VASER liposuction to create a leaner body with a more fit, sculpted appearance. A tummy tuck is ideal for a patient that maintains a healthy body weight in the rest of the body, with the excess fat and skin contained to the abdominal area. If you are not done having children or have not finished losing weight, it is best to wait to ensure optimal results that last.
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.
When is a Good Time for a Tummy Tuck?
Whether you are interested in looking your best for the holidays or you are planning for your summer swimsuit body, it is best to start now. Having a surgical procedure when the weather has cooled down has multiple benefits. First, depending on the specifics of your surgery, you may need up to several weeks for your incisions to heal and the swelling to subside, so you don’t want to be rushed. Starting now ensures you’ll have time to recover and start seeing your permanent results before it’s time to head out to your holiday parties. Second, while you are healing, bruising and swelling are much easier to manage and conceal during cold months when you are already covered up. Third, many people find that it is less disruptive to take time off in the fall because it’s the time of year where things tend to slow down and most people already plan to take time off.
How to Plan Your Tummy Tuck Procedure
Whether you have already decided to move forward or you are still deciding, the next step is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with an expert like Dr. Lohner who is an experienced tummy tuck surgeon. Dr. Lohner will discuss your aesthetic goals, answer all your questions, and work with you to create a customized treatment plan. Call (610) 519-0600 to schedule your consultation and get ready to discover the 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, and his peers have selected him as a Philadelphia-area Top Doctor for the last ten years. His office is located at 919 Conestoga Road, Building I, Suite 200 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line.