Are exercise and dieting proving hard to get rid of your enlarged tummy? If you have stubborn fat deposits and flabby skin on your abdomen affecting your lifestyle, then tummy tuck, clinically called abdominoplasty could be of help. Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at removing extra fat tissue and flabby skin on the middle and lower abdominal area to create flat ab profile. Weakened, overstretched or lax abdominal muscles also contribute to stomach bulginess and can be tightened in the process. A board-certified plastic surgeon is the right person to perform the procedure for you if you value safety and good outcome. Dr. Bloch from Chicago is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a broad experience in cosmetic plastic surgery and has successfully performed numerous tummy tuck procedures for male and female patients. You can set an Tummy Tuck consultation with Dr. Bloch at www.bodybybloch.com or call us at 1-847-432-0840.
The first step is to choose a surgeon and see him or her for a consultation. At that meeting, you’ll talk about your goals and the following options:
If you smoke, your doctor will ask that you quit smoking from at least two weeks before the surgery until two weeks after the surgery. It is not enough to just cut down on smoking. You must stop completely since smoking makes complications more likely and slows healing.
- Complete abdominoplasty. The surgeon will cut your abdomen from hipbone to hipbone and then contour the skin, tissue, and muscle as needed. The surgery will involve moving your belly button, and you may need drainage tubes under your skin for a few days.
- Partial or mini abdominoplasty. Mini-abdominoplasties are often done on people whose fat deposits are located below the navel. During this procedure, the surgeon most likely will not move your belly button, and the procedure may only take up to two hours, depending on your case.
Do I qualify for a tummy tuck?
You will likely be a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery if:
- You are a man or woman in good health
- You have had several pregnancies which have left you with overstretched skin and abdominal muscles
- You have lost massive weight but still have fat deposits on your tummy area
- Your enlarged tummy is inherited from your family or results from your advanced age
- You are a non-smoker
- You have realistic expectations and a positive attitude towards surgery. If you intend to get pregnant, Dr. Bloch will advise you to postpone your abdominoplasty procedure until you are through with having children. Tummy tuck procedure tightens rectus muscles and future pregnancies may rip apart those muscles.
Tummy tuck surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) surgeon you can trust.
- ASPS member surgeons meet rigorous standards:
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS) or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
- Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
Do not be confused by other official sounding boards and certifications.
The ABPS is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), which has approved medical specialty boards since 1934. There is no ABMS recognized certifying board with “cosmetic surgery” in its name.
By choosing a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, you can be assured that you are choosing a qualified, highly trained plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the ABPS or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
How is tummy tuck recovery like?
You will have a firm bandage on your abdomen after a tummy tuck. You will likely experience slight discomfort on your abdomen as anesthesia wears off. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication and antibiotics for a smooth recovery. You need to take time off work for at at least a month to heal. Instructions from your doctor include care for your drains, bandages and surgical site. You will be advised to stay off strenuous tasks for at least 6 weeks or more. As months pass by, you may not feel like normal self on your ab area but your flat ab will be more notable. The scar line will fade but will not disappear completely. Dr. Bloch advocates much on follow up care to ensure that you are recovering well. Good exercise routine and healthy eating will prolong your tummy tuck results.