Tummy tuck recovery is often hyped as one of the most difficult of all cosmetic enhancement procedures, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Yes, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a major procedure and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but Dr. David Mashhadian’s skills, proprietary surgical techniques, and experience honed over a decade ensure you’re in the best possible hands.
How Does Abdominoplasty Work?
A tummy tuck removes excess fat, restores weakened abdominal muscles, and corrects their separation from the abdominal wall if applicable. Excess skin may also be removed, which can take care of stretch marks. Women who’ve been through pregnancy and childbirth are often interested in a tummy tuck, alone or as part of a mommy makeover, because the abdominoplasty’s particular focus corrects most of the concerns having children brings. There are levels of abdominoplasty, where the fat can be liposuctioned away and a minimal amount of skin removed (Mini Tummy Tuck), more extensive fat and skin removal (Dermolipectomy), or Post Bariatric Body Contouring, which involves a complex plan to smooth the abdomen after significant weight loss.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients who most benefit from a tummy tuck are those concerned about excess belly fat, weakened abdominal muscles, a forward protruding belly that may indicate abdominal wall muscle separation, and loose skin. Start addressing your specific goals with a consultation with Dr. Mashhadian.
What is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Like?
You’ll first receive anesthesia in Rodeo Surgical Art’s state-of-the-art surgical suite, and depending on which type of abdominoplasty you’re having, an incision will be made horizontally between the pubic hairline and the navel. The length of your incision is determined by specific corrections Dr. Mashhadian is making. The abdominal muscle repair is performed if necessary and then fatty tissue and skin is removed. Your incision is then closed and you’re kept under observation until it’s time for you to recover at home.
How Long is Recovery from a Tummy Tuck?
At Rodeo Surgical Art, Dr. Mashhadian has perfected techniques paired with medications to create the Recovery EXL system, the details of which will be thoroughly discussed with you before your procedure. Because of this method, Dr. Mashhadian is able to significantly reduce recovery times, complication risks, and even your postoperative pain. Many patients don’t even need narcotic pain management and are up on their feet within days of their procedures. You’ll wear a compression garment to support your abdomen, minimize swelling, and preserve Dr. Mashhadian’s contouring efforts.
Sleeping and resting inclined on pillows will help minimize pressure on your abdomen. Walking a bit every few hours will help reduce the risk of clotting complications, but listen to your body and rest when necessary. It will be up to 6 weeks before more strenuous physical activity or exercise is permitted, and Dr. Mashhadian can recommend the best forms of exercise at each stage of your recovery. Swelling for 3 months is fairly normal, and your final results may not fully settle into place until the 1 year mark. Dr. Mashhadian will provide a remarkable topical product for incision care to minimize the appearance of your scar.
With a slimmer, firmer abdomen made more proportionate to your height and weight, your clothes will fit better, you’ll stand taller, and be more confident in everything you do. The recovery may be a process, but the results, as Dr. Mashhadian’s past abdominoplasty patients can attest, are very worth it.