When you are trying to sculpt your physique, your core can be one of the most stubborn and contentious areas on your entire body. While your arms, legs, back, and chest may respond quickly and easily, belly fat can be stubborn and even once you do whittle it away with careful diet and exercise you may be left with loose, hanging skin. This is especially an issue if you were overweight or obese in the past. There is nothing you can do at home or the gym to encourage the skin to snap back into place. Luckily, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can trim away the excess skin and allow you to showcase the tight, toned core you worked so hard to achieve. Contact Palms Wellington Plastic Surgery today to learn more!
Deciding If Now Is the Right Time for an Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, is a procedure that gives the very best results when you have done as much of the work for yourself as you can. The tummy tuck will only remove excess skin, meaning you want to lose the underlying fat and build up your muscles. Women also want to carefully consider their future family planning, as a pregnancy can stretch the skin out again and undo the surgeon’s work entirely.
Preparing for Your Surgery in Palm Beach
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to pursue a tummy tuck, there are some steps you can take to make the whole process much easier for yourself. First, you will want to arrange for another responsible adult to stay with you for at least the first week after surgery. Healing takes a lot of energy, and you may need help with everyday tasks like changing your clothes, preparing meals or doing laundry. Next, you will want to arrange for time away from work, volunteerism, and any commitments you have at your house of worship. Pushing yourself to do too much too quickly after your surgery can place you at higher risk for complications and may also make the whole recovery process longer.
The Abdominoplasty Procedure
Tummy tucks are done under full sedation, so you will need to have another responsible adult accompany you to the hospital or surgical center to take you home afterward. Once you are sedated, our surgeon will make an incision low across your hips, right above the line of your pubic hair. Our surgeon then pulls the sheet of skin down and trims away the excess. Some drains are installed in the long incision to help avoid excess fluid buildup and the incision itself is closed with staples, sutures or surgical glue.
If you have been working on your core and are frustrated by loose, hanging skin, a tummy tuck can help you show off all your hard work. Call or contact our office today and schedule a consultation in Palm Beach. We look forward to helping you reach your aesthetic goals.