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Tummy Tuck FAQs – Dr. Charles Perry

At Chrysalis Cosmetics, tummy tuck patients ask Dr. Charles Perry certain questions about the surgical procedure. The following are the most frequently asked questions and related answers.

What is tummy tuck surgery?

Dr. Perry performs abdominoplasty, or "tummy tuck" surgery, to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. During tummy tuck surgery, the Sacramento plastic surgeon may also use sutures to repair greatly weakened or separated stomach muscles, resulting in a flatter abdominal profile and, often, "six pack" abs.

What is the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck surgery?

Patients who have sound skin elasticity and muscle tone, but also have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise may benefit from liposuction. Dr. Perry provides liposuction to eliminate excess fat from under the skin in almost any area of the body, including the abdomen, back, thighs, hips, upper arms and even the neck. The incisions used for liposuction are much smaller than the ones used for tummy tuck surgery, and they can usually be hidden in inconspicuous areas of the body. The recovery period following liposuction is quicker and easier than with tummy tuck surgery.

In contrast to liposuction, tummy tuck surgery addresses more than just unwanted fat. Tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction to remove excess fat, but it also corrects severely weakened or separated abdominal muscles and removes excess skin from the abdominal area. These bothersome issues are usually the result of pregnancy, major weight loss, the aging process or other factors such as heredity.

During abdominoplasty, Dr. Perry first repairs separated or weakened abdominal muscles, then eliminates loose, sagging skin from the lower abdomen, repositioning the navel as necessary. Although tummy tuck surgery requires a horizontal scar that extends from hipbone to hipbone just above the pubic region, Dr. Perry positions the incision so it is concealed by the underwear or bikini line. Because tummy tuck surgery is much more complex than liposuction, the recovery period is usually longer.

Who is a suitable candidate for tummy tuck surgery?

Suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery include individuals who:

On the other hand, anyone who needs to lose a substantial amount of weight or plans to get pregnant is not a suitable candidate for tummy tuck. Those who simply want to tone the midsection should consider other options.

What is the recovery period after tummy tuck surgery like?

Immediately after the procedure, tummy tuck patients may feel groggy as the general anesthesia wears off. Individuals who have undergone tummy tuck surgery will need an authorized adult to drop them off at and pick them up from the surgical facility. Patients will also need someone to stay with them the first night following tummy tuck surgery.

The treated area will feel tender or sore after the procedure. Dr. Perry may prescribe oral pain relievers to alleviate any discomfort. The treated area may also be bruised, red, swollen or numb. These symptoms are normal and will subside over time.

Dr. Perry bandages the treated area after tummy tuck surgery. In addition to bandages, thin drainage tubes (to prevent fluid accumulation) and sutures may also be present. Several days after surgery, Dr. Perry removes the bandages, any tubes present and any sutures that did not dissolve on their own.

Abdominoplasty patients must wear binding garments for a few weeks after the procedure to reduce swelling and pain, and to provide added support while the tissues in the treated area heal.

Although the duration of the recovery period varies depending on the patient, the initial recovery phase typically lasts 2-3 weeks. Patients should expect to take about two weeks off from work. They should not perform any strenuous activities or do any heavy lifting at this time. They can gradually resume their normal activities, including their exercise routine, as advised by Dr. Perry.

It is important to note that aesthetic results start to become fully visible about six months after surgery as the body heals and any residual swelling subsides. For some, results continue to improve for up to one year or more. Patients should be aware that the aesthetic results can be compromised if they gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. That is why it is critical for those undergoing tummy tuck surgery to feel confident that they can maintain their current weight following surgery. Finally, most people who have undergone tummy tuck surgery feel completely back to normal within to six to 18 months. The only difference is that they now have a firmer, flatter abdominal profile!

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Perry to find out more about tummy tuck surgery, please contact Chrysalis Cosmetics by calling (916) 273-7435 today.

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Chrysalis Cosmetics
3800 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, California 95816
Ph. (916) 273-7435
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