It's easy to feel overextended in today's fast-paced world. Unfortunately, it's also easy to look overextended, especially in your midsection and especially after years of yo-yo dieting, multiple pregnancies or bariatric surgery. Many people visit board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Chang for a tummy tuck in Columbia from the Baltimore-Washington metro area to flatten and sculpt their abdominal area.
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Women and men from Baltimore County choose tummy tuck surgery, technically called abdominoplasty, to renew their abdominal area. The results include:
Many women also choose to combine their abdominoplasty with breast enhancement procedures including breast lift and breast augmentation as part of a mommy makeover. To learn more about tummy tuck surgery at Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, visit the Tummy Tuck FAQ page.
Your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Chang at Columbia Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is just that – your consultation. It is your time to have all of your questions and concerns answered and addressed. Dr. Chang designed both his practice and the protocol for consultations around the needs of his patients. He truly wants your visit to be comfortable and informative, and any decision you might make regarding a tummy tuck to be based on the facts and made for the right reasons – yours.
At your consultation, Dr. Chang will assess the amount of excess skin and fatty tissue around your abdomen, as well as its overall tone. Finally, he will explain in everyday language how the 2 to 3-hour body contouring procedure is performed, the differences between a full abdominoplasty and a mini-abdominoplasty, and whether or not your tummy tuck can be enhanced by liposuction. You will also be fully informed about recovery, scarring, and risks.
After a tummy tuck, most patients return home the same day. You will need to have an adult drive you home and help care for you for the first day or 2. If you have young children, arrange help for their care for at least the first week. It's important to get plenty of rest at this time and allow your body to heal.
Although you will not be able to stand completely upright initially, it's important to take short, light walks at least a few times a day to reduce the risk of blood clots. You will need to wear a compression garment, called an abdominal binder, to minimize swelling and bruising and provide support. You should wear this garment as much as possible for the first 6 weeks or so, except while bathing. Surgical drains may be in place for about a week to reduce fluid accumulation. You can manage any discomfort with prescription medicine.
Tummy tuck recovery is different for every patient, but plan to take a few weeks off work. Within about 10 days to 2 weeks, you should be able to stand fully upright and be ready to drive and return to a non-strenuous job. Most patients can return to their regular exercise routine after 6 weeks. It's important to not resume any activities before you feel fully ready. By taking it easy and allowing your body to heal, you're doing your part to ensure your recovery is uneventful and your outcome is beautiful.
While diet and exercise are great, they're simply not good enough to tone stretched skin or to repair the separation of abdominal muscles resulting from weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Abdominoplasty can do all of these things. And when you continue to eat right and exercise regularly, the results of your tummy tuck – a firmer abdomen and a slimmer silhouette – can be enjoyed for years to come.