Tummy tucks for women in Palm Desert, CA by Dr. Diya Tantawi
Who Is A Good Tummy Tuck Candidate?
An ideal candidate for a women’s tummy tuck is someone who is in good medical health and has realistic expectations of what the procedure can do for her. This means things that it can do as well as things that it can’t. Not everyone is a good candidate for a tummy tuck. It will not improve the appearance of the mid-section of women who have large amounts of intra-abdominal fat located around their organs. These candidates would benefit from diet and exercise and can consider other options like weight loss surgery.
How does it work?
With most tummy tucks, the abdominal muscles are tightened and excess skin removed. The incision is done in the lower part of the abdomen, below the beltline, where it is easier to hide it as needed. Sometimes additional liposuction is required for improvement in the love handles.
Sometimes, Dr. Tantawi may recommend laser treatments in addition to or instead of liposuction depending on your goals and how we determine the best way to reach them.
If you’d like to talk about your tummy tuck options with us, set up an appointment today.
What Should You Expect on a Tummy Tuck Consultation?
Dr. Tantawi will provide a comprehensive and personalized consult with you, including patient history, physical exam, goals discussion, putting reasonable expectations in place, and going over before and after photos. During the consultation, we tailor your procedure or combination of procedures according to your goals and realistic expectations set forth by Dr. Tantawi.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What happens during tummy tuck surgery?
During tummy tuck surgery, we will work diligently to remove the extra skin and fat of the abdomen and repair the separation of your abdominal muscles. Liposuction may be added to contour the abdomen and flanks if needed.
What should you expect after tummy tuck surgery?
After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment, which will be worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery to help with reducing swelling. You may feel some pain or discomfort, but most patients are able to manage post-procedure pain or discomfort with just a few days of pain medications.
You will be bent at the waist while standing or lying down for 7-10 days after surgery to protect the incision and to allow for your skin to adapt. After this time, you will be able to stand up straight. If a drain is placed, then it will be removed as soon as the output is low enough (usually in 1-2 weeks).
What is the recovery after tummy tuck surgery?
You can walk the day of surgery. In fact, you are encouraged to walk the day of surgery to improve blood circulation to keep the risk of blood clots in the legs to a minimum. However, running or lifting should be avoided for six weeks after the procedure.
Patients typically return to work in approximately two weeks. The bruising will subside in a couple of weeks, and the swelling will continue to diminish until approximately three months post-procedure. The scars will continue to heal and will become thinner and lighter in color at around 12-18 months.
What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?
As with any surgery, there is a small risk of bleeding and infection. Great care is taken to ensure that these risks are kept to the absolute minimum with meticulous surgical technique. In addition, there is a small risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs.
Due to this risk, compression boots on your calves during surgery are placed to help circulation, and a low dose of blood thinner may be used. Adequate hydration and ambulation are also important to lower the risk of blood clots after surgery.