Or it can be worse where you have folds of loose skin. In these cases, wearing bathing suits and form-fitting clothes are out of the question. The condition can even lead to rashes and skin irritation.
And it’s not like you can do a few thousand crunches and all is well. This loose skin usually won’t respond to changes in diet and exercise regimens.
Such is the case after pregnancy for many women, or after the gain and then loss of an excessive amount of weight.
Fortunately, a tummy tuck from Dr. Lavey can remove the pooch or the folds and tighten your tummy up like the stuff of some AbBlaster infomercial!
What is a tummy tuck?
Most tummy tucks involve two incisions to allow the removal of the most skin and the repositioning/tightening of the necessary muscles in the area. The incisions are usually made on the bikini line and at the belly button. The bikini line incision is the longer incision; it can stretch all the way around the hips if necessary. The longer the incision, the more areas such as the flanks and lower back can be accessed.
In addition to excess skin, many tummy tucks also remove excess fat. Dr. Lavey prefers to remove excess fat from the center of the abdomen surgically, while removing excess fat from the sides with liposuction. This creates the smoothest, more accurate and effective contouring and reduction of fat.
Muscle repositioning is also key. Often a tummy tuck will involve bringing the muscles in the center of the abdomen closer together. These muscles have become separated, particularly during pregnancy. By suturing these muscles back together, Dr. Lavey provides a natural corset of sorts to further enhance the shape of the abdomen.
There is usually a moderate amount of pain in the center of the tummy area following your procedure. The pain decreases considerably after around one week. Patients wear a compression garment for 2-3 weeks. This helps minimize swelling and helps the skin and tissue adhere to its new tighter contour. You can usually return to work (without heavy lifting) in two weeks or so. But any heavy lifting or full exercise routines must wait for four to six months after surgery.
Want to get rid of your pooch and keep your dog? Call Dr. Lavey at 925-820-3633 and set up a consultation for a tummy tuck.