Anyone who has love handles know just how much it can change the way you look. Excess fat and skin that protrudes from your hip area can make you appear much larger than you actually are. The worst part is that no matter how much you work out or how much you control your diet, they can be very difficult to get rid of once they have formed. It can also really affect your confidence.
Even though exercise and diet may not work for everyone every time, there is an alternative that promises the results you want – a tummy tuck. Once you opt for a tummy tuck, you can say goodbye to your love handles and say hello to a more toned appearance.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures across the globe among men and women of all ages. It can be used to treat and correct a wide range of cosmetic and aesthetic issues around the abdominal and hip area, including getting rid of love handles. After undergoing this procedure, patients have been able to achieve a more defined body.
What to Expect During a Tummy Tuck Procedure
In most cases, a tummy tuck surgery usually takes about three hours to complete. You will be under the effects of an anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable.
Generally, the surgeon will make incisions between the abdomen and the pubic area. It is through these incisions that the excess fat and tissue will be removed. Once the surgeon removes the desired amount of excess fat and tissue, the belly button is repositioned to match the new structure and look of the abdomen and hip area.
Your surgeon will place a small tube along the site of the incision so that any fluids collected can be drained out easily. Once the necessary corrections are made, and the incisions closed, you will be able to see the beginnings of your new body.
It is important to understand that as each patient has a unique body and goals that they wish to achieve, each surgery may differ in length and end-result.
What Is Recovering From a Tummy Tuck Like?
A tummy tuck is a major operation, and as such, you will need some downtime. Your doctor will cover the incision site with surgical dressings, which will be removed after several weeks.
Mild swelling and bruising that could follow are normal and to be expected, but they will most likely disappear by the sixth-week post-surgery. Patients may also experience mild to moderate pain, for which you can get medication for.
Make sure that you avoid strenuous, physical activity for about two months after the surgery as this may affect your recovery. In addition, don’t put pressure on your waist and abdomen. Patients need to wear an abdominal binder, which provides support during the recovery period.
Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Tummy Tuck?
If you identify with any of the following, then you may be a suitable candidate for a tummy tuck.
• You have love handles that you wish to get rid of.
• You want to get back in shape after pregnancy or childbirth.
• You have realistic expectations from the procedure.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about the tummy tuck surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steve Byrd today. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, he’ll help you get the defined abdominal profile you’ve always wanted.