Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) in Dayton, OH
Excess fat and flabby skin around the middle is something men and women struggle with equally. A tummy tuck performed here at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons can help those in and around the Dayton, OH, area obtain a flatter midsection.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a procedure that firms and tightens skin and muscles in the abdominal region. Often referred to as abdominoplasty, it may sometimes be performed to pull muscles that have separated, due to a hernia or other condition, back together again.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
The abdominals are one muscle group that is exceedingly difficult to firm and tone through diet and exercise. Many people find that their abs are loose and sagging regardless of the number of sit-ups or crunches they perform. A tummy tuck can often do what exercise and weight loss alone cannot, which is providing a flatter midsection and eliminating loose, sagging skin. In the end, this helps people restore their self-confidence and feel good about themselves again.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Although abdominoplasty provides results where exercise often fails, it is intended for those who are in fairly good physical shape. As such, the best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who have tried to meet their goal of a flatter stomach through working out, yet have been unsuccessful. Anyone who is considering a tummy tuck should also not be significantly overweight, although carrying a few extra pounds is not a problem.
What do I Need to do Before a Tummy Tuck?
Prior to a tummy tuck, you should:
- Arrange things in your home in a manner that will eliminate as much bending over as possible. For example, if there are things in your lower cabinets that you use frequently, you may want to move them higher up.
- Think about the activities you perform on the job to determine if you should take some time off from work. Following a tummy tuck, you may be unable to lift heavy objects or do an excessive amount of bending, twisting or turning.
What Should I Expect on the Day of my Tummy Tuck?
You will receive general or local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable. While in the surgery room, your abdomen will be draped with a curtain. As such, you will not be able to see the surgeon at work, although you may feel some movement around your midsection. Once the procedure is finished, your wounds will be closed with sutures, and a drainage tube will be added if necessary. The final step involves a compression bandage, which provides support and should be worn continuously until after your follow-up appointment.
How Long Does it Take to Perform a Tummy Tuck?
The average person spends around two hours inside the operating room and about an hour or so in recovery.
What to Expect After a Tummy Tuck
You may notice some light bruising, swelling, or redness at or near your incision area. You can manage your discomfort with hot/cold therapy or over-the-counter medication. If the surgeon has placed a drainage tube, you must take care not to get it wet until it is removed during your follow-up appointment.
Will I Have Scars After Getting a Tummy Tuck?
There may be a visible scar around the belly button, or one below the belly button and above the pubic mound. Our surgeons consider the placement of these scars very carefully, ensuring that any incisions made around the belly button conform to the natural contours of your naval and that horizontal scars are placed as low as possible so as to be hidden by your underwear or a bikini.
When Will I See the Results?
You will immediately notice considerably less flab after a tummy tuck, but it will take a couple of weeks or so for you to fully appreciate your new, flatter midsection.
How Long Will the Results of a Tummy Tuck Last?
A tummy tuck provides long-lasting results that are not always permanent. You can maintain your results for longer if you continue leading a healthy lifestyle through a sensible diet and regular exercise.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Tummy Tuck Results
After undergoing a tummy tuck, you may want to consider one of these other procedures to help you firm and tone other problem areas:
How Much Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in Dayton?
Because you may have different needs than any other patient, we will not be able to discuss the exact cost with you until after your consultation. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are always accepted for any of the procedures we offer, and many of our patients will also qualify for low-interest financing.
Just because your abdomen is not as flat as you would like it to be does not mean you are destined to live with the results. If you reside in or around Dayton, OH, contact us today to schedule your tummy tuck consultation.