A toned abdomen can be difficult to achieve, and even when it is achieved, it can be quite difficult to maintain. Flab can quickly accumulate on the abdomen if you are not careful with your diet or do not exercise enough. Multiple pregnancies can make your abdomen flabby with excess fat and skin. Aging can also cause a flabby tummy. Some people tend to store fat on the tummy due to hereditary factors.

Such problems are not easily resolved with even hours of exercise. A tummy tuck, on the other hand, can prove to be a useful procedure for getting a flat and toned abdomen.

The Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure that tightens loose abdominal muscles, removes excess fat, and trims away drooping skin. The tummy tuck can also provide you relief from certain stretch marks on the abdomen that appear as a result of pregnancy or weight fluctuations. When excess skin is removed, stretch marks on the skin are cleared away.

This procedure involves a curving horizontal incision that reaches both hipbones. Another incision is made around the navel to offer more access to the tissues higher up on the abdomen.

Through these incisions, Dr. Felice trims excess skin, removes excess fat, and tightens the abdominal muscles. Repositioning of the navel may be needed. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with the help of medical sutures.

Recovery and Results

Recovery from a tummy tuck can take a few weeks. You’ll need to rest and avoid strenuous activities until your incisions heal. You may have bandages over your abdomen; you’ll need to ensure these remain dry. Dr. Felice may prescribe you pain medicine as well.

After seven to ten days, you will be able to notice your new tummy contours. Once the post-surgical swelling and bruising fully disappears, you will be able to see the full results of the surgery.

The tummy tuck sculpts the entire abdominal area, making the abdomen firmer and more toned. The tummy becomes more proportionate to the rest of the body, and a flat tummy can affect the appearance of the entire body profile and can make it more attractive.

You can maintain the results of your tummy tuck by sticking to a healthy diet and including a regular exercise regimen in your schedule.

Your Consultation – What to Expect

If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important that you only consult with an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon for the procedure. Dr. Patrick Felice is a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with numerous satisfied patients.

Be open about your expectations from the surgery so that Dr. Felice can recommend the right procedure for you. Dr. Felice will also study your medical history during your consultation.

You will need to follow certain surgical precautionary measures a few weeks prior to the surgery such as avoiding smoking and taking any NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Felice, you will need to contact our office and set up an appointment.