If you have loose abdominal skin or just can’t seem to lose that stubborn pooch around your waistline, you may be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck procedure. This procedure – also known as an abdominoplasty – is a surgical procedure designed to correct damaged abdominal wall muscles, while removing excess fat and stomach skin. The end result of a tummy tuck procedure is a smoother, more contoured stomach – one that will make your jeans fit easier!
A full tummy tuck can leave behind a scar, which typically extends from hip to hip and is located somewhere near the panty line. After the procedure patients should plan to take a full week off work for rest and recovery. It may take up to 6 weeks to return to all normal activities. Final results from the procedure will be visible after about 4 months.
This process is what’s involved when performing a full tummy tuck procedure – but did you know that there’s a mini tummy tuck procedure?
A mini tummy tuck procedure accomplishes similar results, but instead focuses on the lower portion of the stomach; mainly underneath the belly button. Ideal candidates for a mini tummy tuck procedure may have limited sagging skin or have a small stomach pooch that’s located between the belly button and the pubic area. While recovery time may be shorter for a mini tummy tuck, you should still expect to take time off of work for at least a week while healing.
So how can you tell if you need a full abdominoplasty procedure? Simple: If there is loose skin at or above the belly button, this usually means you need a full abdominoplasty. Your board certified plastic surgeon will also work with you to determine which procedure is right for your desired results.
To learn if you’re a candidate for either the mini tummy tuck procedure or a full tummy tuck surgery, schedule your consultation at Pittman Plastic Surgery in Athens, GA. Pittman Plastic Surgery serves the Athens metro region. (706) 549-3203