Achieving your ideal abs is hard work. You need to eat right, exercise regularly, and maintain your regimen. Unfortunately, you still might not see the results you are hoping for. Often, this may be out of your control. Factors such as genetics, weight fluctuations, prior pregnancies, and the aging process can work against you. Fortunately, surgical body contouring can help you put the finishing touches on your favorite areas. A tummy tuck can be performed to tighten your abdominal area and achieve a toned, flat stomach. This procedure can have a dramatic impact on your appearance, helping you look and feel your very best.
A tummy tuck comes with a lot of benefits, both cosmetic and medical. In general, a tummy tuck will:
- Remove excess fat from the abdominal region
- Tighten loose or stretched abdominal muscles
- Remove or tighten excess, hanging skin
- Re-drape the remaining skin in order to create a flatter, tighter abdomen
Medically, a tummy tuck can tighten stretched muscles that come with significant weight gain or pregnancy. Tightening these muscles can provide greater abdominal support, reducing problems like incontinence or back pain. This makes abdominoplasty a great option for a mommy makeover.
Ideal tummy tuck candidates:
- Are in good general health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Have loose or stretched abdominal muscles caused by prior pregnancies or weight gain
- Have excess skin or fat in the abdominal region
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will discuss your medical history and goals for this procedure during a consultation, where you will receive detailed information about your preparations, surgery, and recovery.
There are two types of tummy tucks that you will discuss during your consultation, and your plastic surgeon will recommend the right option for you.
Sometimes called the traditional tummy tuck, this option provides great, comprehensive results for most patients. It focuses on the entire abdominal area and can effectively tighten and lift the stomach for a flatter, more contoured profile.
This option is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery time. It focuses on the area between the belly button and the pubic area, making it a good option if you have minimal excess fat and skin in this area. For most patients, scarring is more easily concealable with this procedure.
Liposuction is often a valuable addition to a tummy tuck procedure, since it can help to further contour the surrounding areas. This can sometimes include the hips and flanks for a more flattering figure to match your tummy tuck results.
Depending on your type of tummy tuck, you can expect to take one or two weeks off work and social events. You should be sure to avoid exercising or straining your body during this time, and you will need to wear a compression garment to keep swelling down. You will be prescribed medications to manage swelling and discomfort, and you should avoid sleeping on your stomach. Your plastic surgeon will provide detailed recovery instructions during your consultation, as well as offer guidance during your follow-up appointments.
Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir were the first plastic surgeons in the Phoenix area to offer embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy to their patients. As members of the Neodyne Surgeon Advisory Board, they are frequently invited to travel and speak about embrace and scar management.
The embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy system uses a biomechanical dressing that is applied 1-2 weeks after your procedure which offloads tension from the incision area in order to improve the appearance of scars. Clinical trials have demonstrated an 80% or more reduction in scar appearance. We can recommend your best options for scar management during a consultation.
The tummy tuck is one of the most effective ways to achieve your body goals with the help of our board-certified plastic surgeons. To get started, contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using our online form or calling our office to schedule your tummy tuck consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. We also accommodate patients who travel from out of the area as well.