5 things you may not know about a tummy tuck

If you’ve been pregnant, lost a significant amount of weight or had weight loss surgery, then you may be wondering how to get rid of the unwanted “pooch” in the abdominal area. This area of stubborn fat and excess skin is resistant to diet and exercise, which is why you should consider a tummy tuck. Read on to learn five things you may not know about this popular cosmetic procedure.

Stretch marks can be removed. If you have stretch marks below the belly button, this procedure can remove those. During a standard tummy tuck, an incision is made around the belly button, which is left attached to the muscle layer. The skin above the belly button is pushed up to the ribs, so the stretched or separated abdominal muscles can be sewn together from the ribs to the pubic area. The skin is pulled down to the pubic area, where the low hip-to-hip incision is made. A new opening is made for the belly button, which is then sewn into place.

There is more than just one tummy tuck. Many people are familiar with a standard tummy tuck, which removes all the skin between the pubic hair and belly button. A mini tummy tuck is ideal for a select few people who don’t have hanging skin as it removes a small amount of skin below the belly button.

Your tummy will be flatter than it’s ever been or has been in quite a while. Even though you’ll be very sore right after surgery, you will notice immediate results. After swelling resolves within the first few weeks and after wearing an abdominal binder for about six weeks, you’ll see even better results.

You can get pregnant after surgery. While pregnancy and childbirth are one of the major reasons why patients turn to tummy tuck surgery, sometimes patients decide to get pregnant after surgery. Pregnancy is known to undo some or many of the improvements made to the stomach during a tummy tuck. This is because the vertical muscles in the central abdomen are cinched back together during surgery, and pregnancy stretches and separates these muscles.

A tummy tuck can be done with other procedures. Patients often have several areas they want to be addressed, ideally during one surgical appointment. Liposuction helps get rid of excess fat in the abdomen and surrounding area. A tummy tuck is a key part of a “Mommy Makeover,” which focuses on improving the appearance of the abdomen, breasts and other areas after pregnancy, childbirth and weight loss.

If you are interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery and whether you are a candidate, call (801) 268-2650 to request a consultation with Dr. Dunkley.

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