Center for Plastic Surgery
1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tummy Tuck FAQs: How to Contour Your Silhouette

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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual report, tummy tucks fell from the top five most common cosmetic surgery procedures in 2016. However, tummy tucks have bounced back into the top five in 2017. Approximately 2,000 more tummy tuck procedures were performed in 2017 than there were performed in 2016.

Commonly Asked Questions About Tummy Tucks

What type of tummy tuck do I need?

Each patient is unique which is why there are a few different techniques available for tummy tucks. The most common variations of the tummy tuck are the mini, traditional and extended. The mini tummy tuck involves the smallest incision, only extending across the pubic bone. This is ideal for patients that only need a slight correction of the lower abdomen.

A traditional tummy tuck involves an incision across the pubic area just like the mini but also involves an incision around the navel. This allows for a more comprehensive improvement of skin laxity, tightening the muscles and removing excess fat via liposuction. In the event you have excess skin and fat extending around to the sides or flanks, an “extended” tummy tuck can be performed which involves an incision that extends around the sides of the body.

How long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?

Overall, the recovery time between your surgery and full results extends over a period of six months or more.  However, after 2-3 weeks you will be feeling more mobile and back to yourself. After several months you will be able to fully evaluate the healed aesthetic results.

Most patients consider the first-week post-procedure to be the most difficult due to pain and swelling. Your CPS surgeon will provide you with detailed post procedure instructions to increase your comfort and ability to heal properly.

How long will results last after a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck results are generally long-lasting as long as patients maintain their weight and incorporate a healthy diet and exercise into their routine.  The natural aging process will eventually begin to affect the results but for most patients, the results are enjoyed for many years before that occurs.

Instances in which results can be reversed are a pregnancy or drastic weight change after a tummy tuck. Pregnancy and weight changes put further stress on the tissue and muscles preventing them from staying intact. Its usually recommended that patients wait to have this surgery until they are done having children or at a stable weight.

Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation

Many patients are looking for an improved abdomen and for some that may not be attainable through diet and exercise alone after a dramatic weightless or pregnancy. Aging, pregnancy and substantial weight loss can stretch the skin and underlying muscle which cannot be repaired with exercise. Tummy tucks are the most effective way to repair the stretched skin and a loose abdominal wall, and your doctor at Center for Plastic Surgery can help you to better understand whether or not it is a good option or you.

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!

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