Abdominoplasty/ Tummy Tuck
Most tummy discussions start with a procedure of interest (liposuction, tummy tuck, mini tummy tuck, cool sculpting, etc), but we find that this is not the best way to start the conversation. Every procedure is simply a tool that can be used to help you achieve your goals.
We find it is better to discuss what aspect of your abdomen needs to be addressed.
If you don’t like the skin on your stomach, then we need a procedure to address skin. If you don’t like the excess fat, then we need to address the fat. If the muscles and fascia have been damaged by childbirth or weight loss…. you get it. This is a pragmatic way to find the right procedure for you.
The abdominoplasty is able to address skin problems (stretch marks, laxity, scars), reduce fat, and repair the muscular covering (fascia) of your abdomen (6 pack muscles). The incision is typically lower than a C-section scar and is easily hidden by your underwear or bikini.
Athletic Details/ High Def
Depending on your goals, liposuction or high definition liposuction can be used to highlight the muscular contours of the abdominal wall in order to achieve a more athletic core as well.
The recovery process is requires about 2 weeks of downtime. There are no sutures that need to be removed as everything will dissolve on its own. During the first week, you will feel like the wind has been taken out of your sails. Your stamina will be reduced but you will still aim to stay active with activities of daily living. Walking around the house and short walks in the neighborhood are good for recovery and minimizing the risk of blood clots in the legs.
From weeks 2-4 you will be able to return to light cardio. From weeks 4-6 you can begin to reintroduce light weights as long as all activities are slow and controlled.