What Is Included in a Tummy Tuck Procedure?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is ideal for removing excess fat and skin from the midsection to restore a smooth abdominal area. The stomach can be one of the most challenging areas to tighten and tone, especially after pregnancy or a significant amount of weight loss. Many patients request this procedure to help remove excess skin and flab and tighten weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

Before undergoing any surgical procedure, it’s crucial to do your homework and become an informed patient. Abdominoplasty has many benefits, but you might have overlooked some steps to help you properly prepare. Here is what you need to know about a tummy tuck procedure with Dr. Shlomo Widder in Northern Virginia.

About Tummy Tuck Surgery

First, remember a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Though your surgery will permanently reshape your abdominal region, gaining weight can reverse your results. For this reason, we advise people who are still planning to lose more weight or women who hope to add to their families to postpone their tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck provides a range of confidence-boosting benefits, which include:

  • A flatter stomach
  • Better-fitting clothes
  • Improved posture
  • Motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle

What Does a Tummy Tuck Entail?

Dr. Widder begins an abdominoplasty by giving you general anesthesia with an anesthesia provider to help keep you safe and comfortable while you are in surgery. Once you are sound asleep, Dr. Widder will make incisions at the skin crease, just above the pubic bone and groin area. Through these incisions, Dr. Widder will begin working on removing excess skin and repairing the damaged muscles along the abdomen.

After tightening the muscles with permanent sutures, Dr. Widder tightens the skin, and uses quilting sutures to attach the skin flap to the muscles. This approach helps avoid excess fluid buildup after surgery, which saves you from needing a drain. This is also called a drainless tummy tuck. To conclude the surgery, Dr. Widder removes excess skin before closing the incisions using self-absorbing sutures.

After your procedure, our surgical team will take you back to a recovery room and monitor you until you wake up.

What to Expect From a Tummy Tuck Recovery

Recovery is a bit different for everyone. However, it’s wise to arrange for someone to assist you for the first week after surgery. You will gradually heal enough to move around freely and resume your normal activities, but you should avoid strenuous activities or exercise for at least six weeks.

Most patients can return to light work after one to two weeks of recovery, but you should communicate with Dr. Widder and listen to your body. Dr. Widder will monitor your recovery closely to ensure a healthy recovery and beautiful results. With Dr. Widder, your safety and comfort are always top priorities.

Quit The Crunches With A Tummy Tuck in Northern Virginia

With over 30 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, Dr. Shlomo Widder has built a remarkable reputation for his advanced artistry and skill. To learn more about a tummy tuck with Dr. Widder, call our office at (703) 506-0300 or contact us by filling out an online form through our website.