A Tummy Tuck Can Give You a Tight, Toned Midsection
Weight loss and pregnancy can result in stretched skin and loss of definition in the midsection. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat, correct separated abdominal muscles, and tighten the remaining tissue to restore a lean, toned midsection. Dr. Dennis Hurwitz is an authority in the field of plastic surgery who can tailor a tummy tuck specifically to your needs, helping you achieve a dramatic aesthetic enhancement and boosted self-esteem. To learn more about how you can benefit from a tummy tuck, please contact our Pittsburgh, PA, office today.
Tummy Tuck Candidates
Tummy tuck surgery is not designed to help patients lose weight. Rather, it is a way to address stretched and separated tissues following weight loss and childbirth. Patients seeking abdominoplasty after weight loss should be able to maintain a healthy weight, since fluctuation can affect your long-term results. Women who do not wish to have any more children make good candidates for abdominoplasty, since pregnancy will compromise the results of the procedure.
Tummy tuck candidates should be in good overall health and able to undergo anesthesia. You should alert Dr. Hurwitz of any health conditions or allergies. Dr. Hurwitz will determine your candidacy for this procedure during an initial consultation.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. It requires a horizontal incision several inches below your navel. For patients who need minimal tissue reduction, the incision may be just a few inches wide. For patients who require more extensive treatment, the incision can reach to either hip or the full circumference of the midsection. Through the incision, Dr. Hurwitz can remove fatty tissue using liposuction, tighten separated abdominal muscles, and remove excess skin. Finally, he will carefully close the incisions in a way that results in minimal, subdued scarring.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Tummy tuck patients will need to rest for two to four weeks before returning to work, depending on the extent of surgery. Following surgery, you will wear a special compression garment to help you skin conform to your new contours as you heal. Dr. Hurwitz will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery. For at least two weeks following surgery, you will need to refrain from any strenuous physical activity. You can expect to experience some bruising and soreness surrounding your abdominal area, and Dr. Hurwitz can determine the best way to manage this discomfort. Once your incisions have healed and the swelling surrounding your abdominal area has begin to subside, you will begin to see the results of your tummy tuck surgery.
Dr. Hurwitz Can Help You
If sagging tissues in your midsection are causing physical discomfort or feelings of self-consciousness, Dr. Hurwitz can help you. He has helped many patients to experience the full benefits of weight loss and motherhood through expertly performed abdominoplasty. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hurwitz. He will take careful note of your goals, assess your health records, and examine the state of your midsection to determine if a tummy tuck procedure is right for you.
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