Abdominoplasty, popularly known as tummy tuck, is a surgical solution for loose skin and weakened muscles that may have developed in the abdominal area as a result of weight loss, pregnancy or the natural process of aging.
Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Chacon has performed hundreds of tummy tucks, mini tummy tucks and combination lipoabdominoplasty procedures for patients in San Diego and throughout Southern California. Here he answers common questions about tummy tuck, highlighting key facts about this proven surgery.
Will a pregnancy reverse the results of tummy tuck?
Not necessarily, and that is why Dr. Chacon advises that women obtain a consult to know the facts specifically as it pertains to their body type and history. Pregnancy and/or weight gain can put strain on the abdomen and muscles; and in most cases a smaller, less extensive abdominoplasty revision could be done to maintain a fit profile.
How soon after a C-section can I have tummy tuck?
Dr. Chacon recommends waiting some time, and to obtain a consult immediately to plan an appropriate amount of time as it relates to the specific body type and healing.
Will tummy tuck eliminate stretch marks?
Yes. Stretch marks are indentations within the skin that result from damage to dermal layers. The only effective permanent solution for stretch marks caused by rapid weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy is skin removal. If your stretch marks are located in the lower and side of the abdomen, tummy tuck will eliminate them because the skin is surgically removed. Stretch marks on the middle and upper abdomen may be improved but not eliminated, since this skin is pulled down and tightened during the procedure.
Will I feel pain after tummy tuck?
Not necessarily, but a tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and repair of abdominal muscles, so feelings of soreness and tightness are common in the first several days after the procedure. As part of the surgery, Dr. Chacon will use a longer lasting anesthetic, which is injected during the procedure and helps to control discomfort for an extended period.
Are there other benefits of tummy tuck?
In addition to the benefit of increased self-confidence, there may be other positive side effects. Tummy tuck appears to reduce the incidence of stress urinary incontinence and improve ventral and umbilical hernias. A tighter abdomen also seems to be associated with improved posture and even better weight management. For example, a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found evidence of short- and long-term weight loss in women who underwent the procedure. Removal of fat cells appeared to alter the hormonal activity that governs appetite.
To learn more about tummy tuck, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Carlos Chacon at his San Diego-area office in Bonita by contacting Divino Plastic Surgery today.