A tummy tuck – also known as abdominoplasty – removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened and separated muscles. One of the results you can expect to see in most cases is an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Sometimes exercise and weight control are not enough to achieve a flat and well-toned abdomen. This is where a tummy tuck can effectively take care of that for you.
That said, a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle. Although the results are technically permanent, the outcome can be diminished by severe fluctuations in weight. If you are considering future pregnancies Dr. Mecham will advise against a tummy tuck until you are finished bearing children.
When meeting with Dr. Mecham will you discuss:
During your consultation Dr. Mecham will also:
As with most other surgeries, you may be asked to complete some lab tests or a medical evaluation, be counseled to take certain medications and avoid others such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs as well as some herbal supplements that can increase bleeding.
There will be swelling initially, but as it goes down the results will be very noticeable. Within one to two weeks you should be able to stand tall and be confident in your new slimmer profile.
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