What is a tummy tuck?
Loose abdominal skin after pregnancy is a common complaint among our patients here in Boston, and in our years of practice, we can guarantee that no amount of exercise or diet can remove the excess skin as effectively as a tummy tuck. Aside from pregnancy, some patients in Boston also come in for a tummy tuck to improve the contours of their abdomen after drastically losing weight, or to counteract the loose skin from aging. Most of our patients in Boston who wish to achieve an hour glass figure find a tummy tuck as an effective and safe procedure to achieve that result.
What is a tummy tuck for patients in Boston like?
If you are in Boston getting a tummy tuck, it is important to know about preparations that should be done prior to the procedure because tummy tucks are considered major surgery and are done under general anesthesia. Our team will be providing instructions that you will need to prepare for the tummy tuck.
The procedure of a tummy tuck for our Boston patients will start with an incision that is made on the lower part of the abdomen. Just above the patient’s pubic area, then excess skin and fat will be removed. The abdominal muscles will be tightened and will be sutured together for a leaner appearance and the navel will be separated for repositioning later on. Once this is done, the skin will be pulled down and any excess will be removed. A new opening will be made for the navel and drains will be placed under the skin to collect any accumulation of body fluids after the procedure.
What should patients in Boston expect after a tummy tuck?
Our patients in Boston rave about the results that they were able to achieve from getting a tummy tuck because you can really see the difference and the results can be appreciated soon after the procedure is done. About a week after getting a tummy tuck, patients are asked to visit our Boston office for standard post-operative exams. Their dressings and drains will be removed and patients will be advised to wear compression garments for about 10 weeks to manage the swelling and to facilitate healing. In as early as two weeks, patients can resume work and are able to do their usual day-to-day activities. Recovery time may vary from person to person so we always remind our patients in Boston to take it slow after getting a tummy tuck and to regulate their activities in order to avoid any possible complications.