Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery
Vivian M. Hsu, MD
Plastic Surgeon & Cosmetic Surgeon located in Blue Bell, PA
For most of us, the contour of our abdomen is an area that we would like to improve. At Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, plastic surgeon Vivian Hsu, MD, provides tummy tuck surgery to tighten and flatten your abdomen and belly area. To discover how a tummy tuck can change your body shape, call our office or request your consultation online today.
Tummy Tuck Q & A
What is a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that makes the contour of your abdomen flatter and tighter. This surgery addresses the layers of your abdomen that are contributing to the appearance of your belly area.
Most patients who undergo tummy tuck surgery have excess skin primarily at the lower abdomen. There can also be excess "pinchable" fat under the skin that can be removed at the same time. Some patients have a laxity of the abdominal wall muscles, called a rectus diastasis, that can be tightened to restore the alignment and support layer covering your muscles.
A tummy tuck surgery by Dr. Hsu at our private outpatient surgery center can take 1-3 hours depending on the abdominal layers that you are having addressed and the extent of the surgery.
What should I expect during tummy tuck recovery?
For the first few after your tummy tuck surgery, you will experience swelling and pain at your abdomen. Dr. Hsu will prescribe you medications to manage the pain and prevent infection. You will be provided with a post-surgical binder that will help to minimize your swelling and to make your newly tightened belly muscles feel supported. You will need to stay in a slightly bent or flexed position when you are walking and sleeping.
Most patients have 1-2 drains that usually stay in for approximately 2 weeks. You will switch to a less surgical compression garment of your choice after your drains are removed. Patients usually wear a form of compression for 4-6 weeks. Most patients are able to resume their regular activity and exercise at about 6 weeks.
Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery can make a big difference in the shape and appearance of your midsection. You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck if you:
- Are in good health
- Are at or near your goal weight
- Are finished having children
- Have excess skin, fat, or lax muscles at your belly area
- Are not smoking
To learn more about tummy tuck surgery and consult with Dr. Hsu about the process, call Best Impression Cosmetic Surgery or request an appointment online today