Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a surgical skin tightening procedure performed by Connecticut cosmetic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins that can permanently reduce loose, sagging skin and stretch marks in the abdominal area.
Who Should Get a Tummy Tuck?
Thousands of women and men seek tummy tucks each year to improve their abdominal contours, especially after having kids or experiencing dramatic weight loss. Tummy tuck surgery is ideal for patients who are at a stable weight and are done having kids, as major weight fluctuations or future pregnancies can affect tummy tuck results.
Before & After Tummy Tuck in Guilford, CT
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What Does a Tummy Tuck Do?
During tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Collins will make a horizontal incision below your bikini line and around your belly button. This allows Dr. Collins to remove loose skin, reposition underlying tissues and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
General anesthesia is used during the procedure, which typically takes about two to three hours to perform, and the end result is a smoother stomach with fewer stretch marks and a shapelier figure.
After Tummy Tuck Surgery: What Should I Expect?
The initial tummy tuck recovery period is usually about two weeks. During this time, use prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to manage discomfort and reduce the risk of infection. Drains used to minimize swelling will be removed within 24 hours, and suture removal typically takes place within the first week.
Within six weeks, most patients no longer need to wear a compression garment and may return to full activity with no restrictions. Scars will fade as they heal over the next several months and should be protected from the sun to prevent darkening.
Related Procedures and Tummy Tuck Alternatives
When it comes to tummy tuck surgery, accept no substitutes. No other procedure or non-surgical treatment can tighten your tummy and get rid of loose, hanging skin the way a tummy tuck can. However, abdominal liposuction is a great procedure to combine with tummy tuck surgery to achieve an even flatter, firmer stomach and show off your abs. Many Connecticut tummy tuck patients also seek breast lift or breast augmentation surgery in combination with tummy tuck surgery to further improve body contours.
If you want to learn more about how a tummy tuck can help you get rid of post-pregnancy flab or sagging skin in your midsection, call or email New Haven plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins. Dr. Collins specializes in cosmetic body contouring and regularly sees Connecticut tummy tuck patients from Branford, Guilford, Madison, East Haven and West Haven.