The Tummy Tuck
Moms, are you happy with your physical body? Do you have countless hours to spend in the gym? Is a personal chef creating a nutrition plan to keep you in tip-top shape as you run around after your little ones, taking them to soccer practice, dance, and Kung Fu?
Chances are, this is not your reality. Let me paint a more realistic picture of you. If you’re like the average mom, you are running the kiddos around and maintaining a house, social schedule, and your own career, perhaps. You vacillate between protein bars, leftover peanut butter sandwiches and Cheez-Its for your noon lunch, as you have no time for anything else, and you have a few pounds to lose. Coffee is your fuel, chocolate is your secret gluttonous snack as you prioritize everyone else first. Does this sound familiar?
Moms, it’s time to get down to the business of taking care of yourselves. Who said that being a mom meant you had to be okay with ten extra pounds and a soft belly? Do you wish you still had the body you had in college?
You can get it back! How about scheduling an abdominoplasty?
What is an abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery targeting the belly. During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdominal region, resulting in a slimmer, trimmer figure. In addition, sutures are used to bring the separated abdominal muscles back to the midline – giving you a flatter belly and helping to reinforce the tight abdomen created by removing the excess skin and fat. .
Ideal patients are finished having children, are at or near their target weight, and have complaints of mostly excess skin with minimal excess fat.
What do I need to do before surgery?
Before undergoing any medical procedure, it is important to have a consultation with your medical professional to determine if an abdominoplasty is the right choice for you. Your physician will need to know about your family history, any medications that you are taking, and if you’ve had any previous surgeries.
Your surgeon will discuss with you possible complications and risks associated with this type of surgery, and what to expect before, during and after surgery during the recovery process. You will not be able to resume your normal level of physical activity for up to several weeks post op; it will be necessary for you to make preparations for you and for your family to make sure your healing and recovery are as stress-free as possible.
What is recovery from abdominoplasty like?
The recovery process from a tummy tuck is more difficult then other surgeries because of the tightening of the muscles of the belly wall. Listening to the advice of your doctor and other medical professionals will be essential to ensure that you don’t develop complications or infections. You may experience pain and discomfort, bruising, and numbness in the abdominal area. Most patients require drains, small tubes that collect excess fluid, after surgery. These are usually removed around the 10-day mark, however, the timing is variable. Get lots of rest and make sure you are eating and drinking nutritious foods to speed up your healing process. Avoid strenuous physical activity if at all possible, and do not lift heavy objects until given clearance by your doctor. Expect a little bit of discomfort after surgery, but this will be well worth it when swimsuit season rolls around.
What does abdominoplasty cost?
Depending on the length of surgery and the process involved, a tummy tuck can cost anywhere from $8000-$10,000 or more. Expenses include fees for the surgeon, pre and post care, anesthesia, and facility charges.
Is abdominoplasty right for me?
Only you can make the determination as to whether an abdominoplasty may be right for you. Assess your current level of health and fitness; think about how you want to look and feel, and make the best decision for you and your family. You are worth it!
Deluca Plastic Surgery: A Place You Can Trust
Deluca Plastic surgery has a long history of quality service and excellent patient care. They will work with you to develop an individualized surgery and care plan that fits you and your needs. If you think abdominoplasty is the right option for you, there is no one better prepared to handle all of your care. Trust us to uncover the best, most beautiful version of you. Contact us today for more information. A healthier, more beautiful body awaits you!
By following these post-operative care recommendations, patients of Dr. David Tauber at DeLuca Plastic Surgery often recover quickly, experience less bruising and swelling, and can return to work or social engagements in 2-3 weeks.