A tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures for women who have had children or have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss. During a tummy tuck, the abdominal muscles are tightened, and the excess, sagging skin is removed, leaving the midsection better toned and flatter. Brand Surgical Institute provides a highly personalized procedure to help you achieve a flat, toned, and chiseled abdomen.
How can a tummy tuck help you?
How does a tummy tuck work?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that improves the overall shape and contours of your abdomen. The surgeon makes a strategic incision just underneath your abdomen, through which they trim away excess skin tissues and fat deposits. The surgeon also tightens the underlying abdominal muscles with sutures, making them look firm and contoured. This procedure can help you achieve a flat, chiseled abdomen.
You are the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if:
- You have excess skin tissues and fat deposits in your abdomen
- You have weak abdominal muscle definition
- You want to make your abdomen look firm and chiseled
- You want to reverse the effects of childbirth and aging on your tummy
- You don’t intend on having any more children in the future
- You are at or close to your ideal body weight
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations from the procedure
- You are a nonsmoker or willing to stop smoking before and after the procedure
To find out more information and to see if you’re a candidate, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
What happens during a tummy tuck?
Brand Surgical Institute performs a highly personalized tummy tuck based on your specific goals. During your consultation, the surgeon will discuss your goals and expectations, review your medical history, and determine if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. If you’re a suitable candidate, the surgeon will curate a personalized treatment plan for you, which involves selecting the ideal incision style and location — different expectations may necessitate different types of incisions.
The tummy tuck procedure is performed under general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility. During a typical tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon makes a hip-to-hip incision at the bikini line, following which excess skin tissues and fat deposits are removed from the lower abdomen area. The surgeon also tightens the abdominal muscles with surgical sutures. After making the necessary adjustments, the skin tissues will be redraped, and your belly button will be repositioned. The procedure concludes within three hours.
What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?
Most patients will have drains after a tummy tuck for a few days. Your nurse will educate you on how to take care of and empty the drains. Your surgeon for you tummy tuck in Glendale will provide you with instructions to follow after the procedure. Most patients return to normal activities with minimal restrictions within a week or two following the surgery. There are recovery aids, such as compression garments, pain medication, and muscle relaxants to assist in the recovery process.
When may I return back to work?
Patients generally need to plan for 2-4 weeks off work, depending on the type of tummy tuck and if it is combined with any other procedures.
Will I be able to walk after surgery?
Patients will not be able to stand up straight immediately after surgery because the waist will be bent due to the tightening of the abdominal muscles.
How is the pain? Will I receive medication?
Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications and muscle relaxants. Generally, pain medications and muscle relaxants help manage any pain or discomfort during early recovery.
When can I return to normal exercise?
Patients are encouraged to walk as often as possible — this helps with circulation and can enhance healing. It is important to avoid any abdominal strain, including heavy exercise, sex, lifting, and housework for 2 weeks after the surgery.
Schedule a consultation for your tummy tuck
Brand Surgical Institute is the first woman-owned multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center in Glendale. Our providers convey your treatment plans in a clear, accessible, and empathetic manner, ensuring you feel emotionally and physically comfortable throughout the process. We stay with you through every stage of the treatment, from the initial consultation to the final recovery. Please schedule an appointment to explore your options.