Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
During your appointment with Dr. Zenn, he will get to know you and learn what bothers you most about your abdominal area. Together, you will discuss the results you would like to see and the best means of achieving these goals. After a physical exam, Dr. Zenn will take the following into consideration when planning your potential surgery:
Many patients have collections of fat in the hips, stomach, and pubic area. Dr. Zenn commonly includes abdominal liposuction as part of your tummy tuck so these areas will appear smooth following surgery.
Many of our abdominoplasty patients have developed an apron of excess skin that protrudes over their waistline. Dr. Zenn can excise this loose skin to give you an improved shape. This often has the added benefit of eliminating vertical stretch marks in this area.
Dr. Zenn will assess the degree to which your abdominal muscles may have separated. This is common after pregnancy or following extreme weight fluctuations, and it can cause a bulging belly that may not respond to diet or exercise. In these cases, Dr. Zenn typically uses internal sutures to bring together the abdominal muscles, significantly tightening and flattening your belly.
The consultation is a perfect time to “ask the expert” anything and everything you want to know about abdominoplasty. Dr. Zenn will be happy to answer your questions to make sure you understand all the considerations for surgery. He will share his thoughts on all the “latest and greatest” inventions on the market to address fat in the abdomen and why they may or may not deliver the results you desire. No question is too small or insignificant. We want you to be comfortable with your decision to have surgery and confident in your choice of surgeon.
What is the Recovery From Tummy Tuck Like?
Zenn Plastic Surgery patients have their procedures in one of several accredited surgical facilities in the Raleigh and Cary area. A board-certified anesthesiologist/CRNA helps patients sleep safely and comfortably throughout the surgery and wake up with little or no pain, sore throat, or queasiness.
Just prior to surgery, Dr. Zenn will review the surgical plan with you, and make marks to guide his work. Next, following his plan, Dr. Zenn will do one or more of the following:
- Perform targeted liposuction to flatten your belly and surrounding areas
- Close the separation between your abdominal muscles
- Remove excess skin to give you a leaner body contour
After surgery, your abdomen will feel tight and sore. Dr. Zenn will discuss with you the option of receiving a regional block which numbs the abdomen for 2-3 days after surgery. This can greatly diminish the need for pain medication after surgery.
You should plan to stay home and be inactive for the first two weeks after surgery. You must avoid heavy lifting of any kind. Once Dr. Zenn gives you the okay, then you may slowly ease back into your normal routine.
Following your abdominoplasty, you will immediately notice that you have a flatter and improved figure. Your results should continue to improve as you heal, and by the end of your recuperation, you will enjoy greater confidence and maybe even a new wardrobe!