Answering Your Top Questions about Tummy Tucks
If you’re considering a tummy tuck, you probably have several questions about the procedure and recovery process. You’ll have a chance to ask all of these questions during a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, but most tummy tuck candidates tend to have similar questions about the procedure. Here are answers to some of your top tummy tuck questions.
Typically, a tummy tuck includes liposuction to permanently remove fat and sculpt the abdominal area. Fat cells do not regenerate, which means that it is not possible for the belly fat removed during a tummy tuck to be regained. However, you can still gain weight after having a tummy tuck. This fat will likely be stored in other areas such as the hips, thighs, arms, or buttocks.
It is possible for a tummy tuck to make the waist smaller as excess fat and loose skin are removed. If shrinking the waist around your hips and through the back is one of your goals, Dr. Nakamura may recommend that you consider a waist tuck.
It’s possible to disrupt or lose the results that you achieved through a tummy tuck by gaining a significant amount of weight. However, fluctuations of about 10-15 pounds should not significantly change the results of a tummy tuck. To maintain your results, it’s best to stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine. If you’re choosing a tummy tuck after pregnancy, it’s recommended to wait until you are no longer having children to have the procedure so your results are long-lasting.
Immediately after a tummy tuck, you will experience some swelling. This can be alleviated by wearing a compression garment as directed and following all aftercare instructions carefully. For women in particular, you may see a curve in the abdominal region due to your anatomy, which cannot be reversed even with a tummy tuck. Dr. Nakamura will explain reasonable expectations for your results after a consultation.
While an abdominoplasty does tighten the abdominal muscles, the surgery alone isn’t designed to give you the appearance of a six pack. However, it is typically possible for the patient to achieve this look through an exercise routine once their recovery process is complete.
The tummy tuck recovery period generally lasts about six weeks before you will feel back to your previous energy and endurance level. However, you can encourage a fast and simple recovery period by eating nutritious foods, walking and getting light exercise, sleeping in an inclined position, and following Dr. Nakamura’s directions.
A tightening sensation in the abdominal region is a normal part of the healing process. For most patients, this symptom lasts for 6-12 weeks.
The final cost of your tummy tuck will vary depending on the extent of your surgery and other factors, but in general, a tummy tuck costs between $7,000-10,000 in Fort Worth, Texas.
If you still have questions regarding your tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nakamura at Accent On You. Call our Arlington, TX office at (817) 417-7200 or request your appointment through our online form.
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