Your core, the area on the front of your torso, can be one of the hardest areas to tighten and tone with diet and exercise alone. This is especially true if you have had children or lost a lot of weight. The fat may go, but the loose skin often just hangs long after you think it would tighten on its own. This hanging skin can lead to chafing and discomfort and make you self-conscious about your body. If your diet and exercise programs have failed to give you the results you want, a tummy tuck may be the right choice for you to obtain that tight, toned midsection.
Preparing for a Tummy Tuck
Before your tummy tuck, you should be at a stable and healthy weight. If you are planning to lose weight, lose the weight before your tummy tuck. If you were gaining weight, you need to reassess your lifestyle and determine why you are gaining weight. If you are considering having children in the next year, you may want to delay having a tummy tuck. However, if you are planning to get pregnant, but do not know when, you can still consider a tummy tuck. If you smoke, you must stop at least two to three months before the tummy tuck.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
A tummy tuck addresses three key areas: loose excess abdominal skin, excess abdominal fat, and weak abdominal muscles. During your tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Katzen will remove excess abdominal skin and fat and tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. The abdominal skin is also pulled tight to create a tight, flat core. Most patients go home the same day as their procedure to continue recovering in the comfort of their own home. The tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia. The tummy tuck takes approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Recovering from your Tummy Tuck
The recovery time for a tummy tuck varies from patient to patient. Of course, there will be variations depending on you, your healing, and your lifestyle. Regardless of your lifestyle, you should schedule plenty of time to rest after your surgery. Rushing back to work, full-time parenting, and other commitments before you are ready can compromise your results. You should also follow all of our team’s instructions regarding healing.
Make an Appointment Today
If you have done all that you can with diet and exercise and still are not satisfied with your core, a tummy tuck at the office of J. Timothy Katzen, MD can help you get the tight, toned look you want. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get on the road to the sleek, toned figure for which you have worked so hard. Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Contact Dr. Katzen today to schedule a consultation and get started!