What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a complex surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from the abdominal area. When necessary, a tummy tuck may also include the tightening of wakened stomach muscles and the additional removal of fat and skin from the hips, buttock, and lower back.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck can remove stretch marks, greatly improve the dimensions of your frame, restore self-confidence, and increase your clothing options. A tummy tuck can also be a springboard for a healthier and more active lifestyle, improving every aspect of your life and even increasing your life expectancy.

Am I a good tummy tuck candidate?

Ideal tummy tuck candidates should be in good health and prepared for a complex surgical procedure. Following pregnancy or significant weight loss, a tummy tuck can restore your body to its most appealing appearance. Board-certified Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Brown can also use a tummy tuck to help restore core strength, making it ideal for people who wish to engage in more strenuous forms of exercise. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure is through an initial consultation with Dr. Brown.

Does a tummy tuck include liposuction?

The particulars of your tummy tuck will be dependent on your body’s unique needs. Liposuction is the most effective way to remove stubborn deposits of fat and is performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck when such additional steps are deemed necessary by Dr. Brown.

What is tummy tuck recovery like?

Your tummy tuck recovery will depend on your natural healing abilities and your willingness to follow Dr. Brown’s postsurgical advice. In most instances, work can be resumed within one week, but swelling, bruising, and some discomfort may still be present at that time. Restrictions on exercise and some strenuous activities will be in place for up to six weeks, but walking and non-aerobic exercises should be done daily to help encourage healing and prevent complications such as blood clots.

Dr. Brown will continue to work with you during your recovery to help ensure your absolute comfort.

If you live in the areas of Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona and have questions about the tummy tuck procedure, please contact Richard J. Brown MD, PLLC to schedule an initial consultation today.