It can feel disheartening to look down and see a protruding belly with sagging skin, especially if you recently lost a lot of weight or went through pregnancy. But fortunately, there is hope. With a tummy tuck by Tucson, AZ cosmetic surgery specialist Dr. Arun Rao, you can gain not only a slimmer, firmer belly but also greater confidence.
Request your complimentary consultation online or call (520) 209-2500 to learn how board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can enhance your physique and confidence with a tummy tuck.
A Word from Your Tummy Tuck Specialist
While a healthy exercise regimen and diet are good for the heart, lungs and the rest of the body, when it comes to overstretched abdominal muscles and skin, unfortunately, exercise and diet will only do so much to restore a flat and firm abdomen.
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Why a tummy tuck may be right for me
Men and women who struggle with permanently stretched or distended abdominal skin and muscles are often frustrated by how stubborn these bulges can be, no matter how much they diet or exercise. Surgical intervention with tummy tuck surgery is the only way to truly tone and tighten excess loose or sagging skin. You may be a good candidate for tummy tuck surgery if you meet the following criteria:
- You have a bulging or lax abdomen that hasn't responded to diet or exercise
- You are near the ideal weight for your height
- You are physically and mentally healthy and understand the limitations of surgery
- You have realistic expectations for the outcome of your tummy tuck
During your initial consultation with Dr. Rao, you and he discuss your surgical options. He also performs a physical evaluation to ensure tummy tuck surgery is an appropriate solution for you. If you're a candidate, Dr. Rao describes his surgical technique and helps you understand the results you can expect from your surgery.
Today, there are multiple accepted surgical techniques for tummy tuck. Dr. Rao understands that each patient is different, and he works hard to develop a completely customized treatment regimen for each person's unique needs. You and he review your surgical plan thoroughly prior to your surgery, so you know exactly what to expect.
Dr. Rao performs tummy tuck surgery while you are under general anesthesia. The procedure typically requires a horizontal incision made very low on your abdomen, just above your pubic area. Dr. Rao typically makes this incision as low as possible so that it stays hidden beneath your clothes. In some cases, a modified tummy tuck, which uses a longer or shorter scar, may be more appropriate for your needs.
Once he's made the incision, Dr. Rao surgically tightens your abdominal muscles and excises any loose skin for a smooth, taut contour. He may use liposuction for finer contouring of your abdomen. The result is a slimmer waist and a flatter, firmer abdomen.
My recovery process
After surgery, it's very important to rest at home and take it easy while your body heals. Giving yourself adequate time to recuperate ensures an attractive, long-lasting result. Most patients require between 2 and 3 weeks for recuperation, with up to 2 weeks off work. Those who work physically demanding jobs may require more time off. Dr. Rao gives you a more precise estimation during your consultation.
While you rest at home, it's important to avoid sudden movements, heavy lifting, and any activities that put a strain on your body. Therefore, you'll need some support from your family or friends during this time, especially with housework, childcare, meal preparation, and errands.
Dr. Rao encourages his Tucson tummy tuck patients to resume light walking as soon as they feel ready. This promotes healing and discourages the formation of blood clots. However, it may be several days before you're able to walk fully upright. Limit yourself to short distances and flat surfaces so you don't strain yourself.
Through a personal consultation with Dr. Rao, you will gain a more complete understanding of what to expect during your recovery.
Following your tummy tuck, you'll enjoy a firmer, smoother, trimmer abdomen. Because Dr. Rao often removes skin during the surgery, you may even notice a reduction in stretch marks. Most women and men who undergo tummy tuck surgery feel greater self-confidence about their appearances. Their favorite outfits fit better, and they no longer shy away from swimsuits or conceal themselves in photographs. Routine exercise and a healthy diet are essential to preserve the results of your surgery. In many cases, the results of tummy tuck surgery can last indefinitely.
Often, women who undergo tummy tuck surgery choose to complete their rejuvenations with breast augmentation, breast lift, or liposuction. This type of combination procedure often goes by the name "mommy makeover".