A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, creating a flat and toned appearance. In addition, the abdominal muscles are tightened; this is the primary difference between a tummy tuck and panniculectomy. Tightening the abdominal muscles is beneficial for patients who have weakened, separated, or damaged muscles due to pregnancy or other factors and can create a more athletic appearance. Finally, liposuction is generally used to remove stubborn fat and sculpt the abdominal area for a smooth, toned look. Our Natrona Heights Office is located 15 miles from Fox Chapel and 17 miles from Aspinwall.
Most tummy tuck candidates have loose, excess skin in the abdominal area due to pregnancy or massive weight loss. They may also have stubborn fat deposits in the area that do not respond to exercise and separated or damaged abdominal muscles.
The best candidates for the procedure are at or near a healthy and stable weight. They should be generally healthy, including being a nonsmoker.
Some patients are better suited to a panniculectomy rather than a tummy tuck. In a panniculectomy, the excess skin is removed, but the muscles are not tightened. This is generally considered a medical rather than cosmetic procedure, as the primary purpose is to relieve symptoms from excess loose skin. During a consultation, Dr. Falcon can review your symptoms, discuss your goals for the procedure, and examine your abdominal area to recommend the best option for you.
“I can say without hesitation that going to Dr. Falcon for surgery was one of the best decisions I have ever made! The work he did to remove the loose skin on my chest was simply amazing! I look "normal" in a shirt for the first time since I was a teen.”
Immediately after your tummy tuck, you can expect to have bandages and drains in place and should wear an abdominal binder or compression garment. You will need a trusted family member or friend who can drive you home after the procedure and care for you through your early stages of recovery.
You can expect swelling and some discomfort, but prescription pain medication can help you feel comfortable through the healing process. Dr. Falcon will give you detailed instructions regarding the healing period, including how long or how often to wear your compression garment and what medications you should take. Avoid strenuous activity but remember to get up to carefully walk every few hours to avoid blood clots. Most patients need about 1-2 weeks to rest and recover before returning to work, school, or other routines. Dr. Falcon will monitor your healing during post-op appointments and advise when you can safely return to all activities including exercise. Most patients are fully healed from their tummy tuck after about 4-6 weeks.
To learn more about tummy tucks, including whether you are a candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Falcon. Call our office at (724) 226-3900 or contact us online to set up your first appointment. Falcon Plastic Surgery’s Monroeville Office is conveniently located 15 miles from Downtown Pittsburgh and 3 miles from Murraysville.
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