How Long is Abdominoplasty Recovery?

Many of us struggle with stubborn fat and excess skin around our bellies, whether it’s caused by childbirth, significant weight loss, or just age. Exercise and a healthy diet may not be enough to combat these issues, especially if the abdominal muscles have become stretched. If you want to regain a slim, flat abdomen, abdominoplasty may be the answer!

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while tightening the underlying muscles. The goal is to restore a slim, contoured appearance in the stomach area.

More commonly known as a tummy tuck, this procedure is popular for women after childbirth to repair the abdominal muscles, remove stubborn belly fat and excess skin, and reduce stretch marks. Abdominoplasty can also be beneficial for people who have experienced significant weight loss or aging and want to improve the appearance of their abdomen. 

Tummy Tuck Before and After El Paso

*Individual results may vary.

How Does a Tummy Tuck Work?

Dr. Sozer and Dr. Philips at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery perform multiple types of tummy tucks depending on your needs and goals. Typically, your surgeon will make a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, allowing access to the abdominal muscles. The muscles are then tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is then pulled down and stitched in place, creating a flatter, toned appearance.

How Long is Recovery After Abdominoplasty?

Recovery times after a tummy tuck varies from person to person and will depend on your personalized procedure. For example, downtime after a mini tummy tuck will likely be shorter than a regular or extended tummy tuck. Patients can generally expect to take about one to three weeks off from work after abdominoplasty. You may need to wait six weeks or more before resuming strenuous activities and vigorous exercise.

Patients will experience some swelling and discomfort during the first few days after the surgery, but your surgeon will provide a compression garment and medication if needed. Full recovery after a tummy tuck takes several weeks. 

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Results of a Tummy Tuck

The results of a tummy tuck can be visible immediately after the surgery, although some swelling and bruising may obscure the final results for a few weeks. As the swelling subsides and the incision sites heal, patients can expect to see a slimmer, smoother abdomen with improved muscle definition.

While the results of a tummy tuck can be long-lasting, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve your improved figure. Significant weight gain or pregnancy can undo the effects of a tummy tuck, so the procedure is typically best for patients who can maintain a steady weight and who are done having children.

Am I a Good Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

If you are considering a tummy tuck, it is important to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome. You should also be at or near your ideal weight, as significant weight fluctuations after the surgery can affect the results.

I had my procedure done with Dr. Sozer and I have to say, He is not only an amazing Doctor, but a great person! He is very patient and will answer all questions. The staff is also amazing. They take care of you very well. The entire process, from consult to aftercare is wonderful! Thank you Dr. Sozer and staff!!!! Would definitely recommend it!

*Individual results may vary.

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Interested in learning more about our tummy tuck for yourself? Schedule a consultation at El Paso Cosmetic Surgery in El Paso, TX, today by calling or texting (915) 351-1116.

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