You’ve tried to work it off by walking or running. It didn’t work. Hopefully, you didn’t proceed to throw good money away on fad exercise equipment that’s now gathering dust in the garage. If you did, maybe you got so frustrated with the whole thing that you finally resorted to good, old-fashioned sit-ups. It’s amazing sometimes how so much work can result in so little noticeable change, at least in the area that you’re attempting to sculpt.

If you’ve found it all but impossible to completely firm up your abdomen, don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. All you need are some encouraging words. Here are two… Tummy tuck.

If previous weight or multiple pregnancies has stretched your abdomen muscles, or if age has simply caused the skin to lose its elasticity, sagging skin and abdominal fat might not immediately – or, for that matter, ever – respond to diet and exercise, regardless of how dedicated you are to healthy living. When this is the case, as it is for more and more men and women in and around Sacramento, a tummy tuck can help achieve a smaller waist and a firmer, more flattering stomach.

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, Sacramento’s Plastic Surgery Center can help. Call 916-929-1833 to schedule a consultation today.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a body contouring procedure that tightens stretched and weakened muscles and removes droopy skin, the combination of which dramatically diminishes the appearance of a protruding abdomen. Also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tucks can consistently be found in the top five most popular plastic surgery procedures. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, a tummy tuck’s effects can be long lasting.

How An Abdominoplasty Is Performed

During a tummy tuck, your abdomen is tightened by first pulling the stomach muscles closer together and then stitching them into a new, more desirable looking position. The result is a firmer abdomen and a smaller waistline; any extra skin is removed. A partial tummy tuck takes just an hour or two, whereas a complete abdominoplasty takes from two to five hours. Each is conducted under general anesthesia. During your consultation, the Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento will answer any questions you might have regarding incision size and location. Prior to any cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions on taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and stopping smoking.

What To Expect After Your Tummy Tuck

For the first few days, your abdomen might be swollen, and it’s possible that you might feel some pain; medication can minimize any potential discomfort. Although it might be difficult to stand straight immediately following your procedure, you should start walking as soon as possible to promote healing. Stitches are removed in five to seven days, and plastic tubes that drain excess fluid from under the skin are removed in one to two weeks.

Within a few weeks, you’ll start feeling better. Some patients return to work around this time. Remember, the better your physical condition, the faster your recovery. Low-level exercise, such as walking, can help reduce swelling, lower the chance of complications and further tone the muscles. You should avoid vigorous exercise until receiving approval from your surgeon. Although scars may appear to worsen during the first three to six weeks, this is normal. Eventually, they’ll flatten out and lighten in color.

Learn More About Tummy Tuck in Sacramento

If you are considering an abdominoplasty in Sacramento, visit the elite cosmetic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Center. Our experienced doctors and staff can provide you with the body that you have always desired. View results from our previous patients by visiting our tummy tuck before and after photo gallery, and contact our Sacramento or Granite Bay office to schedule a consultation.

“I had a Tummy Tuck with Dr. Green. I am beyond happy! I feel wonderful and it looks amazing … The entire experience was wonderful. His office staff are caring and knowledgeable and from the moment I walked into the surgery suite I felt safe and was treated with the utmost care. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Green for any procedure you may be considering.” – Tummy Tuck Patient